Despite an explosion that consumed top-grade fireworks for Poulsbo's Tuesday night show, the program went on, delighting hundreds who filled the small Norwegian-themed town's waterfront.
Rob Nitz, owner of Aurora Fireworks, the company that supplies the Poulsbo Third of July Independence Celebration and Bainbridge's fireworks show with their displays, is paying the cost to replace the fireworks for both shows. It could cost him more than $100,000 -- money he is currently using credit to cover.
"There was never a doubt," Nitz told KING 5 Tuesday night. "The show must go on."
Thousands of dollars worth of fireworks meant for Poulsbo and Bainbridge for were destroyed last week at Belfair Truck & Auto Wrecking.
Firefighters said the yard's owner was shooting target practice and hit a storage shed housing the fireworks, igniting into a massive ball of color and light.
Nitz said he does not believe the fireworks will be covered by insurance.
Poulsbo's mayor publicly thanked Nitz during the celebration's opening ceremonies.
"He is the honorable guy who is putting on this show for us because he's doing the right thing," Mayor Becky Erickson said.
Organizers passed around fishing nets Tuesday to collect money that will help reimbuse Nitz.
The Bainbridge Fourth of July show starts at about 10:20 p.m. at Eagle Harbor.
Show organizers are still seeking donations. Information on donating can be found on the shows' websites:
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