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Canalside fireworks delay blamed on ‘electrical interruption’

More than 20,000 people waited through a 45-minute delay for Fourth of July fireworks Monday night at Canalside.

That night, event organizers with Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. explained the delay by citing an “electrical issue.”

Here’s how they elaborated in a written statement emailed Tuesday:

“...[T]he fireworks were delayed due to an electrical interruption that zeroed out the timing mechanism in the software program that is used to launch every firework at an exact time. We thank those in attendance for their patience as the software was transferred by a pyrotechnics expert to another processor and apologize for the unplanned delay.”

The fireworks had been scheduled to start at 10 p.m. Monday.