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Posted: Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 4:20 PM HST

Computer glitch disrupts Hilo's July 4 fireworks

By Associated Press

HILO, Hawaii (AP) Independence Day revelers in Hilo had to wait more than 40 minutes for their Fourth of July fireworks show and then never got to see a promised big finale. A pyrotechnician is blaming a computer glitch for the problems.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the show was set to start at 8 p.m., but the fireworks didn't explode until about 8:47 p.m. The show lasted between six and eight minutes and there was no apparent finale.

Donald Pascual of Hawaii Explosives and Pyrotechnics had promised "10 minutes of spectacular pyrotechnics" when he spoke to the newspaper last month.

He said Sunday his computers crashed. He says the equipment is fairly new.

Pascual plans to put on another show in Hilo this summer to give residents what they missed.

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