Changes made after last year’s fireworks glitch in Centerville

July Fourth fireworks
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CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – The Americana Festival in Centerville kicks off Thursday with a flag ceremony and concert. Friday, there’s a full day of entertainment with the parade starting at 10 a.m. and ending with the fireworks show.

But if you remember, last year’s fireworks didn’t go off as planned. They had to be rescheduled for the following night.

“Rain reeks havoc with the firing systems especially rain in and through up to show time,” said Joe Rozzi with Rozzi Fireworks.

The Centerville High School football stadium was packed full of people last year waiting for a show that would never start.

The reason: the launch site was a muddy mess and the computer equipment that essentially sets off the fireworks got wet.

They had to send everyone home disappointed with a rain date for the following night.

So we wanted to know what’s being done to make sure that doesn’t happen this year with all the rain we’ve been getting.

“They are not leaving everything to a computer generated situation so there’s going to be some human element involved in the setting off of the fireworks,” said Duke Lunsford, Director of the Americana Festival.

I tracked down the family in charge of setting those fireworks off and asked what exactly they are changing.

Natalie: What are you doing this year?

Rozzi: “Basically we are using a different firing system, something a little more user friendly to that environment so to speak.”

Joe Rozzi said while they launch site is still a muddy mess this year they will be having an actual person pushing the buttons rather than relying on technology.

Fireworks are set to start at the Centerville High School Football stadium at 10PM Friday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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