Tonight's Wylie Park fireworks display was canceled, but July 23 has been picked as a make-up date.
Aberdeen Parks and Recreation Director Doug Johnson said July 23 is also Storybook Land Festival weekend at Wylie Park.
Johnson said the Fourth of July display was canceled because the certified pyrotechnics handler scheduled to shoot off the fireworks was injured during a show Sunday night.
Premier Pyrotechnics, the company hired for the Wylie fireworks display, was unable to find anyone else certified to handle the fireworks, Johnson said.
"We've never, ever canceled a show in 20 years. This is the first one," Jeff Koster, vice president and co-owner of Premier Pyrotechnics, said by phone this afternoon. Premier is out of Richland, Mo., but Koster said he is based in Yankton.
Koster said one person on a three-member pyrotechnics team member was injured during a show Sunday night. The victim's husband is also on the team, and the two left the area for treatment and were unable to make it for the performance at Wylie.
Koster wouldn't say where that show took place, but police scanner traffic Sunday night indicated that a female pyrotechnics "shooter" was injured during a fireworks display late Sunday at Richmond Lake.
"We could not get a replacement team in the amount of time we had," Koster said. "We have to have qualified technicians. It's Fourth of July, and there are only so many of them to go around."
All other events at Wylie were planned to go on as scheduled.
Koster said he is "deeply saddened" for canceling, but safety comes first.
"I personally apologize to the people of Aberdeen," Koster said. "We will make it up to them when we reschedule."