Voice of the people: Juan Corrigan

July 9, 2013 10:35:00 AM



Disappointed in fireworks show 


I want to complain about the 4th of July fireworks. I've been told by many people that Columbus had one of the best fireworks in the area. I've always attended Starkville's because I live there. With the way sequestration has affected us, many fireworks have been cut off. With all the hype, I decided to go to Columbus to show my two young sons the fireworks display that Columbus had promoted.  


I have a 7 and 2-year-old. My wife and I made plans and went out of our way to go see the show. We arrived at 7:30 p.m. We waited with many other people who drove as much as two hours just to see the show. Eight o'clock came around then 9 p.m. and nothing. After 9:30 p.m. people starting leaving. We stayed until 10 p.m. and nothing. We hadn't eaten supper because we wanted to see the great fireworks that I had heard so much about for years. We left at 10 p.m.  


As we were leaving a cop told us that the crew had trouble and had to delay the show. With all the technology we have, they couldn't get a bullhorn and tell anyone what was going on. Many people were discouraged and pissed off. I left very disappointed with time wasted and my sons confused. I'll never go to another Columbus fireworks show. All it takes is someone to do something wrong and it will ruin it for a lifetime. Perhaps you can spread the word that next time there's an event, the crew can tell the public what's going on. Even if Murphy's Law applies, it doesn't take much to just use a bullhorn or the media to let people know. Many people go way out of their way. Good service makes great business. I maybe the only one talking on this, but I heard everyone complain when I was leaving. Sad this had to happen. 


Juan Corrigan