Aurora Fireworks, Viking Fest Corporation and Kitsap Community Urgent Call: Fireworks Explosion at Storage Facility Threatens Future Fireworks Events.

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Imagine the disappointment of the community and small business owners who rely on these events to keep their doors open, if these fireworks shows were to be canceled.

I will have to regroup and determine if the show can go on in the future, or if this will be our swan song. Everything will depend on to what degree we can recover from our loss.” Robert Nitz

A fireworks explosion at a local storage facility shook a neighborhood and lit up the night sky destroying thousands of dollars of inventory for Aurora Fireworks, LLC, of Poulsbo, Washington, on June 25.

Individuals using a local wrecking yard for target practice, accidentally hit the container of fireworks stored at the facility with a bullet, causing the explosion and subsequent loss. The inventory for Poulsbo’s 3rd of July display and all of the remaining 2012 and 2013 shows were destroyed.

Aurora Fireworks is owned and operated in Poulsbo, Washington by Kitsap County native, Robert Nitz, who stages a number of community displays in the Puget Sound area throughout the year including; Poulsbo’s 3rd of July show, hosted by the Viking Fest Corporation, the largest show in the area, is attended by thousands of people who crowd the shores and waterways of Poulsbo’s Liberty Bay to enjoy the panoramic display set to synchronized music. The Grand Old Fourth of July show on Bainbridge Island, Whaling Days in Silverdale, Homecoming displays for local schools, the Destruction Derby in Bremerton, and other local events.

Aurora Fireworks is a small business who helps keep costs down by importing fireworks directly from the manufacturers and by using local labor. In contrast, large pyrotechnics companies charge a minimum of $30,000 per show. Aurora Fireworks is able to produce a show of similar length and quality for just over half that cost. As a one-man show, Robert buys his inventory out-of-pocket — that is his personal pocket, so a loss of this magnitude threatens his ability to commit to future shows.

Despite the loss of his entire inventory, Aurora Fireworks has pledged to fulfill their commitment to produce a quality show for the three upcoming events in July that include Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island, and Silverdale. To make this possible, the company has re-purchased fireworks at mark-up prices; a personal cost of thousands of dollars, in less than a week. “I am doing everything I can to provide a spectacular show for my Independence Day commitments this year.” Robert says. “I will have to regroup and determine if the show can go on in the future, or if this will be our swan song. Everything will depend on to what degree we can recover from our loss.”

Viking Fest Corporation believes that the potential closure of Aurora Fireworks will have far reaching effects; our small towns depend on the affordability that comes with a small local business like Aurora Fireworks. It is easy to imagine the disappointment of the community, and small business owners, who rely on these events to keep their doors open, if these fireworks shows were to be canceled.

Any donation will help enable Aurora Fireworks continue to provide quality fireworks displays to commemorate our local community events. If you would like to help, your gift will be greatly appreciated.

Donations to help Aurora Fireworks may be mailed to: Third of July, P.O. Box 1125, Poulsbo WA 98370. Please make your check to: “Aurora Fireworks.” All funds received will be given to Aurora Fireworks. If you have questions, please contact Viking Fest Corporation at info(at)thirdofjuly(dot)org.

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