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you get all of the stuff together and counted so you know you have
enough for the show, you start the assembly process. This takes
about two or three hours for a show of this size.
you start putting it all together. Once you have the mortors tubes
all built and positioned, you start putting the shells in. This
is when you have to be a little careful. It looks bad to blow off
a finger or hand before the show starts.
carefully cut the tape holding the strings together, untangle them
and load them into the tubes. You have to make sure you don't have
3" tubes to 2" shells or visa versa.
know he said to put them in the tubes, but in what order?" You
have to figure out if there is going to be a change in the way the
shells are set up, or are they going to get launched as they came.
They generally get launced as they came.
everything is loaded, checked, doublechecked and ready to go, you
put aluminum foil over the fuses and the tubes to keep moisture out
of the tubes (we do live in Washington state) and keep falling sparks
off the fuses and out of the tubes. You don't want things going off
when you didn't light it.
flares are lit and we are waiting on the cue to start lighting. There
are two people there with road flares. Once the signal is given for
the start of the show, one lights one section, while the other waits
for cues and lights the other section.
are ready to go. We have been given the signal and the show is about
to start. You start to really anticipate the noise and the chaos.
This is what all of the work was for.
have to be careful when you are lighting your section and watching
the shells go out of the tubes. You have to be sure your timeing is
good and you are lighting the right ones at the right time. You also
watch everyone around you, pay attention to the fuses and the shells
while sparks fall all around you and big explosians are ringing in
does get a little chaotic when things are blowing up all around you.
But you focus on what you are doing. It seems like a much longer time
than it is because of all of the activity. You don't actually get
to see much of the show because you are so busy.
final product of all that work. And it is worth it. As soon as your
done with the fireworks, you have to start taking everything apart
and cleaning up the site. Oh well, there is the next shoot to look
Updated by bill bowlan on 09/10/2001