Friday, 06 July 2007

Another Fourth of July has come and gone. This year - as I have for several years past - I operated a public fireworks display, this time for the community of Walla Walla, Washington. It was my first time there, and I enjoyed the place and people. It was also my first time running a show in the state of Washington - the past seven or eight years of this have all been shows in Oregon. We shot the show in a sports park and school area on the VA grounds, and the audience was able to sit and watch from all angles around. There's a great hillside under a water tower nearby that makes for an optimum viewing spot.

My crew was terrific, and despite the fact that it was extremely hot (over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and sunny all day as we set up the show as well as the next morning while we finished cleaning up), we all had a good time and the show went off well - safe and to the cheers of the crowd. That's what we want. Even the playground sprinklers that came on automatically at around midnight while we were still cleaning up were no big deal, heheh. We just went back to the hotel for the night and returned in the morning.

Update: Travis wrote a bit about the crew experience at the show and Jenn posted some pretty terrific pics she shot.

Below is a video with some excerpts from the show. The video is five minutes long, which is a little more than one fifth of the actual length of the show (which came in at just under 25 minutes, right on target). So, you get a good flavor of the opener, mid-show shots and volleys, the build up to larger shells, some layered height effects, and of course the finale - which was pretty spectacular, if I do say so myself. Several thousand shells and pyrotechnic components from one inch to four inches in diameter made up the show.

I'll add a couple show setup pictures later today or this weekend. Enjoy.   : )

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Saturday, 07 July 2007 05:34:16 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Sunday, 08 July 2007 00:32:47 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Heh. Glad ya liked it. :)
Monday, 09 July 2007 09:02:46 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
GREAT job! We usually go to Bend for the 4th and watch fireworks from the high school. They set the fireworks off from the butte so it's great viewing from all around. Some incredible new fireworks this year, hard to describe, but really cool. One of the new ones would be best described as a huge weeping willow. Unfortunately it weeped a bit to much and set part of the butte on fire. Always adds to the excitement. We were wondering what the cost is for those fireworks?


Bob Willis
Monday, 09 July 2007 14:22:16 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Hi Bob. I can't say exactly how much the shows cost for some business reasons, but let's just say this one was more than $10K. You're only seeing about a fifth of it in the video, too.

Hard to beat the opportunity to blow up thousands of dollars of stuff without having to pay for it yourself. But the crowd cheering is really what it's all about. :)
Saturday, 14 July 2007 19:01:14 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
wow from mom and jack
Sunday, 15 July 2007 13:22:54 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Ahhh, Fantastic! I can't believe I've missed two years in a row! Greg, you've ruined me, whenever I see fireworks now I wish I was in a chair next to the firing line smelling the smoke and feeling the concussion from the lift charges. Save me a spot in 2009 [or 2010 :)]
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