Tampa, FL (July 20, 2017) — PYROTECNICO, the official aerial-fireworks display vendor for Channelside Bay Plaza, completed its investigation of the equipment failure that occurred during the recent 2017 Light Up Tampa Bay Independence Day Celebration.
“Our investigation has confirmed that a computer communication issue is what caused the equipment failure during the recent aerial-fireworks display at Channelside Bay Plaza for the 2017 Light Up Tampa Bay Independence Day Celebration,” said Chris Liberatore, Vice President, PYROTECNICO.
The technician assigned to the event operated the system correctly and followed the necessary protocols both at the beginning of the display and throughout the equipment failure.
Despite performing properly during the pre-show tests, the computer communication issue impacted both the primary system and back-up system. The system has been isolated and will not be used again.
“At PYROTECNICO, we strive to create world-class productions that deliver the best experiences possible for our clients and their customers,” said Liberatore. “We offer our sincerest apologies to the City of Tampa and our client, Channelside Bay Plaza and will do everything we can to ensure that this will not happen again.”
PYROTECNICO has offered to refund Channelside Bay Plaza a portion of its expenses for the unused product and loss in show value. The company will also be hosting a complimentary 10-minute aerial-fireworks display for the Channelside Bay Plaza 2017 Light Up Tampa Bay New Year’s Eve Celebration.
“We are glad that the issue has been addressed by PYROTECNICO,” said Darrah Winkler, Marketing and Events Manager, Channelside Bay Plaza. “Our organization truly enjoys creating a vibrant atmosphere for the City of Tampa and the Channel District. Channelside Bay Plaza looks forward to working with PYROTECNICO on our 2017 Light Up Tampa Bay New Year’s Eve Celebration and continuing to host the area’s most exciting and unique lifestyle events.”
PYROTECNICO has 125 years’ experience in aerial-fireworks displays and is one of the world’s premier special effect and fireworks companies. The Light Up Tampa Bay Independence Celebration at Channelside Bay Plaza is a free public event and the City of Tampa’s LARGEST Independence Day celebration.
About Channelside Bay Plaza: Channelside Bay Plaza is a 230,532-square-foot, two-story regional entertainment lifestyle center located along the Garrison Channel waterfront at the southeast corner of the intersection of Garrison Street and Channelside Drive in Tampa’s historic Channel District. Anchored by Hooters and Splitsville, the property is home to a diverse mix of retail, restaurant, and entertainment tenants. It was purchased by an entity controlled by the Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik in 2014 and is leased and managed by Franklin Street. For more information on the plaza and upcoming events, visit ChannelsideBayPlaza.com. For leasing opportunities, visit ChannelsideLeasing.com.
About Franklin Street: Celebrating more than 10 years in the business, Franklin Street is a family of full-service commercial real estate companies focused on delivering value-add solutions to meet the evolving needs of clients. Through a collaborative philosophy of leveraging the resources, expertise and experience of each of its divisions – Real Estate, Capital, Insurance, Management and Valuation – Franklin Street offers unmatched value and optimal solutions for clients nationwide. Learn more about Franklin Street at FranklinSt.com.