ORLANDO, Fla. (WESH) – A fireworks mishap caused a wood barge to erupt in flames on Lake Eola Saturday night.
Fireworks could be seen shooting out fast and low to the ground. The accident occurred around 9:40 p.m., approximately five minutes into the show, according to an organizer.
Nobody was on the wood barge at the time, according to the district fire chief. Heavy smoke and flames could be seen coming from the wood barge in the middle of Lake Eola near the fountain.
The public was not in any danger and there were no environmental concerns, according to the district chief.
The fireworks show was meant to cap the city’s “Come Out With Pride,” according to an organizer. The day of events, which included a parade, was pushed back due to Hurricane Matthew and was held on the five-month anniversary of the Pulse massacre.
For safety reasons, fire crews let the blaze die down before approaching. The blaze could not be reached with a fire hose, according to the district chief, so crews used a boat equipped with a fire extinguisher. It was out by 10:45 p.m.
The fireworks show was put on by the Bunnell-based company Santore & Sons, according to an organizer. The company employs 40 full-time and seasonal workers and make fireworks that are shipped around the world, according to their website.
The barge was hauled onto shore. Workers bringing back firework shells declined to comment on how the accident occurred.
Calls to the company were not immediately returned.