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Vendor who flubbed last year's St. Pete July 4th fireworks is putting on Tampa's show this year

Tampa picked Angry Unicorn, whose sister company is Creative Pyrotechnics.

TAMPA, Fla. — The same fireworks vendor whose sister company botched last year's St. Petersburg display has been picked for the Boom by the Bay Independence Day show in Tampa.

Tampa picked Angry Unicorn, whose sister company is Creative Pyrotechnics.

Last July, St. Petersburg city leaders said Creative Pyrotechnics, in charge of the downtown display, was not set up in time for the fireworks show because their workers fell behind while setting up some earlier displays for other cities – a delay they blamed on the rain.

E.J. Weppel – who operates Angry Unicorn and Creative Pyrotechnics – assured 10News in a phone interview this year's event won't have problems.

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said Boom by the Bay on July 4 will have family-friendly activities, live entertainment and four fireworks displays, which will light up 2.5 miles of the Hillsborough River.

Tampa spokesperson Ashley Bauman released the following statement on behalf of the mayor's office:

“We’ve used Creative Pyrotechnic for multiple shows over the years, including for the opening of the new Riverfront Park just last May. During that show, we heard and continue to receive rave reviews that these were some of the ‘best fireworks’ residents have ever seen in the Bay Area. We look forward to another fantastic event for Tampanians of all ages and from all over the to enjoy.”

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