Putting Together a Fireworks Show

The Fourth of July would not be complete without fireworks; most of you leave the displays to someone else. Have you ever thought about how much work goes into putting on those shows?

It takes about twelve hours of labor and weeks of planning the layout to produce a 25 minute long fireworks show, and the operators I talked with fireworks are an indisposable part of any Fourth of July celebration, but the operators who shoot them off, and all the hard work they do are often overlooked.

These operators work for a South Carolina pyrotechnics company, but they are from Tallahassee. This is the third year they have put on the fireworks show at Thomasville's Fourth of July celebration. During set-up and the show itself, safety is the main priority. Half of the shells are set up electronically, but the other half are done by hand. Cleaning and reloading the mortars is very dangerous, so operators have to be certified before they can fire off the fancier fireworks.

So next time you are sitting back and enjoying a fireworks show, think of the men and women behind the scenes who labored to put it in the sky for you. All in all, this crew set off 1000 pounds worth of fireworks at Remington Park Friday night. It was quite a show.

You may wonder what happens to a fireworks show if it rains. A show would only be cancelled if there was a torrential downpour or if there is lightning that could cause equipment to short out.


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