They went waaaaay too far. Giving up this:
...in perpetuity for a short projection scheme within the fireworks is not a worthwhile trade-off (see post #37). A far better course would have been to (a) endure the complaining you think would follow from those who could not see the projections or (b) not incorporated projections into the show.
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