Pyro Shows and Henley Bridge make for a big Boomsday
Donovan Jones Labor Day shows produces fireworks displays east Tennessee Tennessee
Pyro Shows is setting up the Henley Bridge in preparation for Boomsday.
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00:01 It's been just over a month since muscle gathered downtown
00:04 to celebrate the fourth of July. Now with Labor Day on
00:07 the horizon east Tennessee is gearing up for an encore of
00:10 effort proportions with blue state. Pyro shows produces hundreds of fireworks
00:15 displays across the country each year with blue state they're treated
00:18 to a unique setting for. Primary difference is the site we
00:22 shoot from which is the industry bridge. So we're able to.
00:26 You're a lot of low level affect. The audience can see
00:29 everything from the ground up so that makes a big difference
00:32 we can be so much more creative with the devices we
00:34 use. The number of devices instead of just aerial shells makes
00:39 a much better show. Obviously the waterfall off the side of
00:42 the bridge. That just can't be done anywhere using the bridge
00:46 allows for a little more elbow room. Still being bunched up
00:49 the fireworks will be spread across roughly 900 feet it's an
00:52 eighteen minute show. So the other several thousand. Shells are going
00:57 to be going off in that time it's probably. 45 tons
01:02 worth of explosives we'll have one song in this that will
01:05 huge. Probably. Thirteen thousand jobs in less than twenty seconds. So
01:13 look for that one. Months of planning leads to last minute
01:17 -- as the shells are loaded up. What we have behind
01:20 us are are the four inch five inch and six inch
01:22 mortars so that's all the big -- up in the --
01:25 And then it's time for the show. Large stage makes it
01:32 hard for spectators to find a bad seat. For the crew
01:34 it's a different story we'll have a bunker in the center
01:38 of the bridge other stuff going off on both sides of
01:40 us. Unfortunately the bunker doesn't provide the best view of the
01:45 action. We work on this show for a year. And I
01:50 mean I do a lot of choreography of course teasing and
01:53 stuff and don't see it. -- seven so we have to
01:55 watch it on -- so we we you know count --
01:57 you got that thankfully for most spectators the view is just
02:01 fine. Donovan Jones WV IR. Live at five at four.
It's been just over a month since Knoxville gathered downtown to celebrate the 4th of July. Now with Labor Day on the horizon, East Tennessee is gearing up for an encore of epic proportions with Boomsday.
Pyro Shows produces hundreds of fireworks displays across the country each year. With Boomsday, they are treated to a unique setting on Henley Bridge.
Jim Edwards with Pyro Shows loves having the bridge at his disposal.
"We're able to shoot a lot of low level effects. The audience can see everything from the ground up so that makes a big difference. We can be so much more creative with the devices we use, the number of devices instead of just aerial shells. It makes a much better show. obviously the waterfall of of the side of the bridge, that just can't be done anywhere," he said.
Using the bridge also allows for a little more elbow room. Instead of being bunched up, between 4 and 5 tons of fireworks will be spread across roughly 900 feet. The large stage makes it hard for spectators to find a bad seat. It's a different story for Jim Edwards and the crew.
"We'll have a bunker in the center of the bridge so there's stuff going off on both sides of us. We work on this show for a year and I do a lot of the choreography and the fusing and stuff and don't see a piece of it. We get to watch it on film," he said.
Thankfully for most spectators the view is just fine. Boomsday will take place from the Henley Bridge Saturday night.