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Techs prep for Tampa Bay's holiday shows in the sky

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CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) -

Most big fireworks shows last around 20 minutes, but they take months of planning and days of preparation.

Fireworks company Pyrotecnico is putting on several of the Bay area's biggest fireworks shows this July 4th.  News Channel 8 got behind-the-scenes access Wednesday as techs stuffed mortars with thousands of pounds of explosive shells for Clearwater's annual show in the sky.

"A lot of people think fireworks companies come in right before the show and set something up and they're done, but that's not the case," explained Pyrotecnico's Donald Wolford.

It's a long, careful process. Each of the shells is strategically arranged based on size, color, and effect. They're each connected to a control board with a fuse.  A computer will set off the synchronized show as soon as Wolford presses the fire button.

"I have the worst view because I'm standing right under it and actually the further back you get from it, the better your viewing is," explained Wolford.

If all goes as planned, Wolford promises a spectacular show for everyone who can see it.

"I would rather they enjoy the whole show and not just the finale," he said. 

The fireworks show at Clearwater Celebrates America is set to start at 9:30 p.m. at Coachman Park.

Click here for a list of some other July 4th fireworks shows around the Bay area (weather permitting).

 

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