EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFireworks Shows Take Lots Of Behind-The-Scenes Planning, Expertise
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Reported by: Taisha Walker
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Jul. 3, 2013 4:32 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Fireworks are seen, heard and enjoyed by people all across the country. While the colorful explosions in the air are quite visible, what goes on behind the scenes of the displays is only known by a few experts.
The shows often go off without a bang, but this is not just by chance. Fireworks shooters spend a lot of time preparing for the big light show. Dan Farrell and his group of workers from Pyrotechnico were busy preparing for Charleston’s Fourth of July show Wednesday morning.
The warehouse manager said he anticipates a spectacular show.
"We have a lot of shells going off. A lot of good colors and effects going off," Farrell said.
The licensed shooters drop the fireworks shells into tubes, before they attach them to an igniter and a module.
“The module, while I’m shooting it, will tell it to fire once I hit that specific lever to actually shoot that up,” Farrell said.
Once members of the crew are done here, they will line the fireworks up on flatbeds, and set them up at two locations: on MacCorkle Avenue east of the South Side Bridge and right across the Kanawha River from Haddad Riverfront Park.
The fireworks expert said a lot goes into putting Wednesday night’s 15-minute show together. It takes about nine people and at least 20 hours of labor. But the licensed shooter said the smile the fireworks puts on people's faces is well worth it.
The fireworks purchased for Wednesday’s show are obtained from China. They are expected to go off at 9:45 p.m.
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