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Exhibitor Details How To Coordinate $10,000 Firework Show

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 LAWRENCE PARK- There would be no fourth of July without those loud, colorful bursts of light known as fireworks.

Those eye-catching displays entertain millions of us around this time of year. So much so, we wanted to know what it takes to coordinate a fireworks show.

We looked no further than Lawrence Park which is famous for its annual 4th of July parade and firework presentation. As it turns out, it's a lot easier said than done.

"If you don't have people who are going to see it close by, you want to use higher stuff," fireworks exhibitor Bill Lavery says.

Lavery is one of the men behind Friday night's 30 minute spectacular. Lavery and his team spent about 10 hours setting up dozens of black tubes. Inside, they place oval-shaped packages known "shells."

Every inch of this shell can deploy a firework some 400 feet in the air. Lavery will also use a fuse similar to a road flare that will light several of them at a time.

"They've got to have the proper fall out distance and it can't be in a tight area or anything like that," Lavery continues. "Rather than just holding a road flare, we just hold about a 12-inch stick so it’s a bit safer. You never want to be over top of a rack."
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