Downtown Greenville played host to a Fourth of July tradition Wednesday night, but some said the show was a shame after reports that the fireworks show started too late and ended too early without a finale.
"Everything's free, so why complain about it?" says Gaspar Mendez. He saw the show Wednesday night and said the show was fine.
But others aren't so kind.
One Facebook user on the city of Greenville's website called the show "a major disappointment." Another wrote, "Worse (sic) fireworks show ever."
"It was a pretty good show, but it was way too short," says Christopher Akcam. "A lot of people came out here expecting something, and there was no parking, no downtown spaces and within 30 minutes it was over like that, so I was expecting a lot more."
The city of Greenville took those complaints to heart. In a statement Thursday night, they said:
"We are committed to producing high quality special events for the community, so when we learned that the fireworks company we had used in the past was unavailable this year, we selected a company that is one of the premier fireworks companies in the country. Unfortunately it is our understanding that the company's equipment malfunctioned and despite their attempts to override the system, a large percentage of the fireworks were never discharged. There is no one more disappointed than the city staff, sponsors and hundreds of volunteers who came together to produce this event. We recognize that this was not up to the standards of the Greenville community and hope this will not deter you from attending future city events."
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