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As many know, I shoot public fireworks displays now and then for Western Display Fireworks, a company located right here in Oregon. That means I’m typically off at some big show each July 4th in either Washington or Oregon, the two states where I am a card carrying pyrotechnics display operator. This year I was with my fine crew in Anacortes, Washington – a town located between Seattle and the Canadian border. We fired the show out over Hidalgo Bay, and it was a good time. The people of Anacortes are terrific, and the show went off without a hitch. For a while earlier in the day the winds were pretty bad, but Mother Nature cooperated and they died off before the show started.

Below is a video of the show as well as a couple setup videos. You can see more video of the setup process at http://qik.com/greghughespdx as well if you like, and once I can get the show video from the other camera downloaded (it was giving me fits last night when I tried) I will post that, as well.

Enjoy.

Anacortes July 4th Fireworks - 2010 from Greg Hughes on Vimeo.

Loading shells

Wiring up the show



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. July 4th Fireworks show in Anacortes, Washington - Video http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,65c0c6be-23f4-4aaa-82cd-98289754af67.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/July4thFireworksShowInAnacortesWashingtonVideo.aspx Tue, 06 Jul 2010 23:12:47 GMT <p> As many know, I shoot public fireworks displays now and then for <a href="http://www.westerndisplay.com" target="_blank">Western Display Fireworks</a>, a <a href="http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2010/07/family-run_western_display_fir.html" target="_blank">company located right here in Oregon</a>. That means I’m typically off at some big show each July 4th in either Washington or Oregon, the two states where I am a card carrying pyrotechnics display operator. This year I was with my fine crew in Anacortes, Washington – a town located between Seattle and the Canadian border. We fired the show out over Hidalgo Bay, and it was a good time. The people of Anacortes are terrific, and the show went off without a hitch. For a while earlier in the day the winds were pretty bad, but Mother Nature cooperated and they died off before the show started. </p> <p> Below is a video of the show as well as a couple setup videos. You can see more video of the setup process at <a href="http://qik.com/greghughespdx">http://qik.com/greghughespdx</a> as well if you like, and once I can get the show video from the other camera downloaded (it was giving me fits last night when I tried) I will post that, as well. </p> <p> Enjoy.<br> </p> <object width="501" height="282"> <param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /> <param name="movie" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=13136788&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1" /><embed src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=13136788&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="501" height="282"></embed> </object> <p> <a href="http://vimeo.com/13136788">Anacortes July 4th Fireworks - 2010</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/greghughes">Greg Hughes</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.<br> </p> <p> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,115,0" width="425" height="319" id="qikPlayer" align="middle"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="sameDomain" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="movie" value="http://qik.com/swfs/qikPlayer5.swf" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#333333" /> <param name="FlashVars" value="streamID=5d3a734ff7714901b8246ee85f99ee7a&amp;autoplay=false" /><embed src="http://qik.com/swfs/qikPlayer5.swf" quality="high" bgcolor="#333333" width="425" height="319" name="qikPlayer" align="middle" allowscriptaccess="sameDomain" allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" flashvars="streamID=5d3a734ff7714901b8246ee85f99ee7a&amp;autoplay=false"></embed> </object> </p> <p> Loading shells<br> </p> <p> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,115,0" width="425" height="319" id="qikPlayer" align="middle"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="sameDomain" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="movie" value="http://qik.com/swfs/qikPlayer5.swf" /> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#333333" /> <param name="FlashVars" value="streamID=c2896ef50347476eaedb935b37e0ba2a&amp;autoplay=false" /><embed src="http://qik.com/swfs/qikPlayer5.swf" quality="high" bgcolor="#333333" width="425" height="319" name="qikPlayer" align="middle" allowscriptaccess="sameDomain" allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" flashvars="streamID=c2896ef50347476eaedb935b37e0ba2a&amp;autoplay=false"></embed> </object> </p> <p> Wiring up the show </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,65c0c6be-23f4-4aaa-82cd-98289754af67.aspx Fireworks Random Stuff
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Once again this year, I have been asked to shoot an Independence Day fireworks show for Western Display Fireworks, and this year it will be in beautiful Anacortes, Washington up on Fidalgo Island, next to the San Juan Islands. I’ve never been there before, and am looking forward to the shoot. There’s an airport up there, so I may just have to plan a weekend flight up that way to scout out the site before the show.

If you think you might be interested in being part of the volunteer fireworks crew, this is your invitation to find out more and see if it’s something you’d be interested in. It’s hard work, but that never hurt anyone. We do some heavy lifting at times, and it’s a bit of a dirty job. But once you’ve experienced it, it’s awfully hard to stay away the next time around. I first smelled the smoke and caught the commercial fireworks bug back in 2000, and soon after that I got licensed as a pyrotechnician/operator and have been shooting shows ever since.

This year we will head up to Anacortes on July 3rd, set up all day on the 4th, shoot the show and clean up after (yes, it’s quite a long day), and then return to our respective homes on the 5th. You'll handle the shells, set up and load the mortars, help wire them all up to the firing equipment, learn all about how they work, participate in a full set of safety lessons, and - most importantly - you'll be a key part of bringing an awesome July 4th celebration to the people of Anacortes and the surrounding area.

We need a crew of about 6-8 people, and at this point I have myself plus three other people confirmed and on the crew list. So, there’s room for a few more! Pretty much anyone who can handle explosives per the federal government can participate (I’ll explain those rules to people who express an interest, but suffice it to say pretty much anyone can help).

Last year I asked for volunteers here and on Twitter and we ended up with a great crew of people who had a lot of fun. So, I’m hoping for the same thing this year!

The fact is, it’s not often you get a chance to blow up thousands of dollars of someone else’s stuff, and we’re talking about the real thing here – not the little stuff you buy at your local fireworks stand. This year’s show consists of 3-inch to 6-inch diameter shells and is bigger than the show we shot last year in Des Moines, Washington (a couple of videos from last year’s show are embedded below to get your appetite going).

If you think you might be interested, drop me a line at 503-766-2258 or email me (address is in the side bar). I’m glad to answer questions!

Here are the videos from last year – The first one was shot from right in the middle of the mortar tubes at the firing location, and the other from the spectator end of the pier. Enjoy!

July 4th 2009 Fireworks - Des Moines, WA from Greg Hughes on Vimeo .

Fireworks - July 4th 2009 - Des Moines, WA from John Losey on Vimeo .



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Come shoot a big fireworks show with me on July 4th &ndash; in Anacortes, Washington http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,652f8497-62c8-4919-923d-f1a5b6a394ca.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/ComeShootABigFireworksShowWithMeOnJuly4thNdashInAnacortesWashington.aspx Thu, 06 May 2010 06:16:00 GMT <p> Once again this year, I have been asked to shoot an Independence Day fireworks show for <a href="http://westerndisplay.com/" target="_blank">Western Display Fireworks</a>, and this year it will be in beautiful <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?oe=UTF-8&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;q=anacortes,+wa" target="_blank">Anacortes, Washington</a> up on Fidalgo Island, next to the San Juan Islands. I’ve never been there before, and am looking forward to the shoot. There’s an airport up there, so I may just have to plan a weekend flight up that way to scout out the site before the show. </p> <p> If you think you might be interested in being part of the volunteer fireworks crew, this is your invitation to find out more and see if it’s something you’d be interested in. It’s hard work, but that never hurt anyone. We do some heavy lifting at times, and it’s a bit of a dirty job. But once you’ve experienced it, it’s awfully hard to stay away the next time around. I first smelled the smoke and caught the commercial fireworks bug back in 2000, and soon after that I got licensed as a pyrotechnician/operator and have been shooting shows ever since. </p> <p> This year we will head up to Anacortes on July 3rd, set up all day on the 4th, shoot the show and clean up after (yes, it’s quite a long day), and then return to our respective homes on the 5th. You'll handle the shells, set up and load the mortars, help wire them all up to the firing equipment, learn all about how they work, participate in a full set of safety lessons, and - most importantly - you'll be a key part of bringing an awesome July 4th celebration to the people of Anacortes and the surrounding area. </p> <p> We need a crew of about 6-8 people, and at this point I have myself plus three other people confirmed and on the crew list. So, there’s room for a few more! Pretty much anyone who can handle explosives per the federal government can participate (I’ll explain those rules to people who express an interest, but suffice it to say pretty much anyone can help). </p> <p> Last year I asked for volunteers here and on Twitter and we ended up with a great crew of people who had a lot of fun. So, I’m hoping for the same thing this year! </p> <p> The fact is, it’s not often you get a chance to blow up thousands of dollars of someone else’s stuff, and we’re talking about the real thing here – not the little stuff you buy at your local fireworks stand. This year’s show consists of 3-inch to 6-inch diameter shells and is bigger than the show we shot last year in Des Moines, Washington (a couple of videos from last year’s show are embedded below to get your appetite going). </p> <p> If you think you might be interested, drop me a line at 503-766-2258 or email me (address is in the side bar). I’m glad to answer questions! </p> <p> Here are the videos from last year – The first one was shot from right in the middle of the mortar tubes at the firing location, and the other from the spectator end of the pier. Enjoy! </p> <p align="center"> <object width="400" height="230"> <param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /> <param name="movie" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=5478352&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=&amp;fullscreen=1" /><embed src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=5478352&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=&amp;fullscreen=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="400" height="230"></embed> </object> </p> <p align="center"> <a href="http://vimeo.com/5478352"><font size="1">July 4th 2009 Fireworks - Des Moines, WA</font></a><font size="1"> from </font><a href="http://vimeo.com/user586522"><font size="1">Greg Hughes</font></a><font size="1"> on </font><a href="http://vimeo.com"><font size="1">Vimeo</font></a><font size="1">.</font> </p> <p align="center"> <object width="400" height="270"> <param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /> <param name="movie" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=5503271&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1" /><embed src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=5503271&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="400" height="270"></embed> </object> </p> <p align="center"> <a href="http://vimeo.com/5503271"><font size="1">Fireworks - July 4th 2009 - Des Moines, WA</font></a><font size="1"> from </font><a href="http://vimeo.com/user2004881"><font size="1">John Losey</font></a><font size="1"> on </font><a href="http://vimeo.com"><font size="1">Vimeo</font></a><font size="1">.</font> </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,652f8497-62c8-4919-923d-f1a5b6a394ca.aspx Fireworks Random Stuff
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Here’s a video of the fireworks show we operated for the people of Des Moines, Washington this past weekend. It was both Independence Day and the celebration of the city’s 50th anniversary. It took an afternoon plus the better part of a full day to set up, and we shot it off in about 17-18 minutes.

Thanks to everyone who helped out on the crew this year - It was a great team!

The camera angle is a bit of an unusual one. In this video you are looking straight up at the sky, and the camera is fastened to a bench on the pier where we fired the show. The three-inch mortars are just to the left of the camera, so you’ll see smoke and sparks sometimes, as well as glowing materials falling back toward the camera. Enjoy.

July 4th 2009 Fireworks - Des Moines, WA from Greg Hughes on Vimeo.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Fireworks show &ndash; Des Moines, Washington &ndash; July 4, 2009 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,3e40d8e9-1d43-4a12-ae9a-96d63f428ffe.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/FireworksShowNdashDesMoinesWashingtonNdashJuly42009.aspx Mon, 06 Jul 2009 23:19:19 GMT <p> Here’s a video of the <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/FireworksFanComeShootABigShowWithMeOnJuly4th.aspx">fireworks show</a> we operated for the people of Des Moines, Washington this past weekend. It was both Independence Day and the celebration of the city’s 50th anniversary. It took an afternoon plus the better part of a full day to set up, and we shot it off in about 17-18 minutes. <br> </p> <p> Thanks to everyone who helped out on the crew this year - It was a great team!<br> </p> <p> The camera angle is a bit of an unusual one. In this video you are looking straight up at the sky, and the camera is fastened to a bench on the pier where we fired the show. The three-inch mortars are just to the left of the camera, so you’ll see smoke and sparks sometimes, as well as glowing materials falling back toward the camera. Enjoy. </p> <p align="center"> <object height="288" width="501"> <param name="allowfullscreen" value="true"> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"> <param name="movie" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=5478352&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1"><embed src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=5478352&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="288" width="501"> </object> </p> <p align="center"> <a href="http://vimeo.com/5478352">July 4th 2009 Fireworks - Des Moines, WA</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user586522">Greg Hughes</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,3e40d8e9-1d43-4a12-ae9a-96d63f428ffe.aspx Fireworks Random Stuff
http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=253c5d71-d486-4dae-8a83-c72c12ccf636 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,253c5d71-d486-4dae-8a83-c72c12ccf636.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,253c5d71-d486-4dae-8a83-c72c12ccf636.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=253c5d71-d486-4dae-8a83-c72c12ccf636 2 Fireworks fan? Come shoot a big show with me on July 4th http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,253c5d71-d486-4dae-8a83-c72c12ccf636.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/FireworksFanComeShootABigShowWithMeOnJuly4th.aspx Tue, 19 May 2009 23:49:36 GMT <p> Many people already know that I hold fireworks display operator/pyrotechnician licenses in both Oregon and Washington. So, every year I "shoot" a few (or more) large public display shows. In other words, the professional shows that cost quite a bit of money and make big noises and splashes of light. </p> <p> Every year I invite people to come help me with the operation of the show on July 4th. It's a fun and exciting way to spend Independence Day, and it's not often that people get a chance to set up, load and shoot a big fireworks show. </p> <p> But, here's your chance. If you're interested in joining me for July 4th in Des Moines, Washington (which is just south of SeaTac airport and north of Federal Way) to set up, fire and clean up a big show for the city, let me know by sending me an email or giving me a call! My contact info is in the sidebar of this site. We shoot this particular show off the end of a pier over the water. We'll start in the morning and load all the equipment down to the end of the pier, shoot the show and then remove the equipment and clean things up. </p> <p> It's a bit of work, but it's also a truly unique experience and a whole lot of fun. Heck, how often do you get to blow up thousands of dollars of someone else's stuff? You'll handle the shells, set up and load the mortars, help wire them all up to the firing equipment, learn all about how they work, participate in a full set of safety lessons, and - most importantly - you'll be a key part of bringing an awesome July 4th celebration to the people of the city of Des Moines. </p> <p> Feel free to let me know if you might like to participate. Safety always comes first and you will be trained in everything you need to know to safely be a crew member. Don't be bashful, there are a few crew slots open and I welcome your help and participation! The requirements for crew participation (per the U.S. government) are: United States citizen or legal resident, at least 18 years old, no felony convictions, and a few other details that I can explain to anyone who wants to participate. </p> <p> Thanks, and hope to have you on the crew! Get in touch! To pique your interest, here's a sample video of a show we operated a couple years ago in Walla Walla: </p> <p> <span> <object height="307" width="380"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/eOsuiYIhUp8&hl=en&fs=1" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/eOsuiYIhUp8&hl=en&fs=1" allowscriptaccess="always" height="307" width="380"></embed> </object></span> </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,253c5d71-d486-4dae-8a83-c72c12ccf636.aspx Fireworks Random Stuff http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=ab42522c-4914-4831-960e-b27fd2a4f344 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,ab42522c-4914-4831-960e-b27fd2a4f344.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,ab42522c-4914-4831-960e-b27fd2a4f344.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=ab42522c-4914-4831-960e-b27fd2a4f344 3 Most of my friends know that every now and then I operate public fireworks displays - as in the big ones with hundreds or thousands of shells, way up in the sky and loud as hell. It's a fun side gig, and I am licensed in Oregon and Washington to run the displays.

This year for the July 4 celebration, I am once again operating the Walla Walla, Washington show. I ran last year's show and am headed back. But I certainly can't do it alone, and so this is an invitation to anyone in the area (meaning in Walla Walla or in the Portland/Vancouver/etc. area) who might be interested in joining me as part of the pyro crew to speak up and join in!

And I'm quite serious. We'll load mortars and set up some thousands of shells and stuff, do a lot of fun and interesting training and safety stuff, learn about how fireworks work, and generally have a fun time. It's not lounging/leisure time - In fact there's quite a bit of manual work of a reasonable nature, and it can get hot. But pretty much without fail, people who join the crew have a great time and are glad they did it. Some get hooked, like Travis and Jenn, who keep coming back for more year after year. Suckers. Heheheh. Be sure to check out Travis' blog entry and Jenn's pictures from last year's show to give you a bit of an idea of what it's like.

So, who can participate? Anyone 18 years of age or older (you have to be 21 years old to fire a show, 18 to help set up and whatnot), who is not restricted from handling regulated explosives (in other words, you can't be a convicted felon or certifiably insane - sorry). You'll be doing some moderate labor (some lifting, carrying, etc). Obviously nobody on the crew can consume alcohol on that day (until the show is over, at least) and you can certainly think of other obvious things that would be safety no-no's.

If you're interested, great! Let me know as soon as you can. I need to firm up a crew list in the next week or two. All I ask is that once confirmed, please make sure you are actually planning to be there. We'll provide the lodging, food, drinks, training and lots of fun. You get to tell people (kids, grandkids, friends, and lame non-believers) about how you are so awesome becuase you helped blow up tons of cool explosives for the Walla Walla community. Just be warned: It can be addictive. Ask Travis and Jenn. :)

To entice you, here is a video with some highlights from last year's show. The video is only a few minutes long; the actual show was close to 20 minutes.




greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Invitation: Want to help me shoot a big fireworks show on July 4th? http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,ab42522c-4914-4831-960e-b27fd2a4f344.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/InvitationWantToHelpMeShootABigFireworksShowOnJuly4th.aspx Sat, 07 Jun 2008 01:21:37 GMT Most of my friends know that every now and then I operate public fireworks displays - as in the big ones with hundreds or thousands of shells, way up in the sky and loud as hell. It's a fun side gig, and I am licensed in Oregon and Washington to run the displays.<br> <br> This year for the July 4 celebration, I am once again operating the Walla Walla, Washington show. I ran last year's show and am headed back. But I certainly can't do it alone, and so this is an invitation to anyone in the area (meaning in <img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/travis.illig/Ro55aBEKTsI/AAAAAAAAAFE/4WsNwtq1BB0/s144/20070704%20Walla%20Walla%20Display%20024.jpg" align="right" hspace="15" vspace="10">Walla Walla or in the Portland/Vancouver/etc. area) who might be interested in joining me as part of the pyro crew to speak up and join in!<br> <br> And I'm quite serious. We'll load mortars and set up some thousands of shells and stuff, do a lot of fun and interesting training and safety stuff, learn about how fireworks work, and generally have a fun time. It's not lounging/leisure time - In fact there's quite a bit of manual work of a reasonable nature, and it can get hot. But pretty much without fail, people who join the crew have a great time and are glad they did it. Some get hooked, like <a href="http://www.paraesthesia.com/archive/2007/07/06/walla-walla-fireworks-2007.aspx">Travis</a> and Jenn, who keep coming back for more year after year. Suckers. Heheheh. Be sure to check out <a href="http://www.paraesthesia.com/archive/2007/07/06/walla-walla-fireworks-2007.aspx">Travis' blog entry</a> and <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/travis.illig/WallaWallaFireworks2007">Jenn's pictures</a> from last year's show to give you a bit of an idea of what it's like.<br> <br> So, who can participate? Anyone 18 years of age or older (you have to be 21 years old to fire a show, 18 to help set up and whatnot), who is not restricted from handling regulated <img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/travis.illig/Ro55YxEKToI/AAAAAAAAAEk/caA9KzsG-5M/s144/20070704%20Walla%20Walla%20Display%20018.jpg" align="right" hspace="15" vspace="10">explosives (in other words, you can't be a convicted felon or certifiably insane - sorry). You'll be doing some moderate labor (some lifting, carrying, etc). Obviously nobody on the crew can consume alcohol on that day (until the show is over, at least) and you can certainly think of other obvious things that would be safety no-no's.<br> <br> If you're interested, great! Let me know as soon as you can. I need to firm up a crew list in the next week or two. All I ask is that once confirmed, please make sure you are actually planning to be there. We'll provide the lodging, food, drinks, training and lots of fun. You get to tell people (kids, grandkids, friends, and lame non-believers) about how you are so awesome becuase you helped blow up tons of cool explosives for the Walla Walla community. Just be warned: It can be addictive. Ask Travis and Jenn. :)<br> <br> To entice you, here is a video with some highlights from last year's show. The video is only a few minutes long; the actual show was close to 20 minutes.<br> <br> <br> <p> <object height="344" width="425"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/eOsuiYIhUp8&amp;hl=en"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/eOsuiYIhUp8&amp;hl=en" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="344" width="425"> </object> </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,ab42522c-4914-4831-960e-b27fd2a4f344.aspx Fireworks Random Stuff