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Oban fireworks cancelled: Town 'could not compete' with 50-second show

Councillors in Oban have cancelled this year's fireworks display after technical problems at last year's event.

The glitch meant £6,000 worth of fireworks went off in 50 seconds instead of the scheduled 20 minutes.

Pyro 1, the company which provided the display, took responsibilty for the error and provided locals with a free show three weeks later.

Footage of the display was watched more than a million times on YouTube.

Louise Glen-Lee, Argyll and Bute Council's lead councillor for Oban, said: "We could never compete with what we did last year, so we are having a low-key community bonfire.

"We will be having a fancy dress competition, a turnip carving competition and we will be giving out glowsticks."

She added: "There's nothing like a community event - and a good bonfire - to warm the cockles of your heart.

"This promises to be a fantastic family event and I hope that children of all ages and sizes in the Oban and Lorn area are looking forward to a great evening."

People have been asked not to bring their own fireworks to the bonfire at Mossfield park.

Ms Glen-Lee said the community would be able to see an organised display at Oban's Winter Festival, later this month.

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