'˜Epic firework fail': Murky blanket of fog turns Dungannon fireworks extravaganza into damp squib

Nothing says Halloween quite like a magical fireworks display to light up the skies and this years Spooktacular festivities at Dungannon's Hill of the O'Neill had been billed as revealing the mystery of the ancient hill with a grand fireworks finale.

Saturday, 29th October 2016, 10:17 am
Updated Monday, 31st October 2016, 10:03 am
What the fireworks should have looked like

However, the exciting reveal will have to wait for another year after a murky blanket of fog cast a shadow over the Mid Ulster Council organised event.

Rain and lingering fog descended on the hill shortly before the event started, obscuring the ten minute display and marring the enjoyment of hundreds who had been excitedly counting down the clock to the celebrations.

For those who make Dungannon’s Halloween celebrations a yearly tradition, it’s usually well worth the wait.

But this year, many people left the show early and disappointed.

Some wondered if the show should have been rescheduled, and took to social media to vent their frustration.

One Facebook user said the rate-payer funded display had been as well planned as the new road layout in the town centre, while others described it as ‘an epic fail’, ‘a flop’ and ‘a disaster’, and those were just the polite comments.

A mother expressed her annoyance at bringing her children for the first time to the display and seeing nothing.

“It was a terrible massive disappointment for the kids. All I could hear were bangs”, she posted.

Another visitor said: “We were on Castle Hill. People started leaving straight away to see if you could get a better view from the Square but still nothing. A lot of cursing from people walking down the hill.”

One cheeky commentator said he’d seen better fireworks in his back garden.

In fact, the show was best observed by those who stayed out of the town where they were able to see the fireworks explode above the fog shrouding the Hill of the O’Neill.