Montauk Fireworks Show Hit a Snag

The Montauk fireworks show was held at Umbrella Beach on Saturday. Jane Bimson

If the Montauk fireworks show on July 4 seemed a bit shorter than usual, that's because it was. A malfunction with an aerial shell made for an abbreviated display, according to the Montauk Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the fireworks.

In a press release issued Monday, the chamber's executive director, Laraine Creegan, apologized to the audience for a "less than spectacular show" and pointed for an explanation to a letter from Philip Grucci, chief executive of Fireworks by Grucci, which was in charge of the pyrotechnics.

"An aerial shell malfunctioned during the show, and unfortunately this low-breaking device occurred near the electrical firing system, which in turn burned and destroyed an electrical component of our firing system network," Mr. Grucci explained. "Our team worked feverishly. . . . They were unable to fully correct the problem during the performance."

The chamber felt "it was important for our visitors and members to know exactly what happened," Ms. Creegan said in the release, pointing out that in the 13 years Fireworks by Grucci has handled the display, this was the first malfunction.

No word yet on whether the chamber will get more bang for its buck next time around.