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Seven of the top pyrotechnic companies in the United States put aside their individual company logos and donned American Pyrotechnic Association shirts to give Indiana a fireworks display like they’d never seen before.
Julie Heckman has been with the APA for 25 years and was thrilled to see the companies come together for the occasion.
“This is not your average Fourth of July show,” Heckman said.
The process of setting up for the 17-minute show started 8 a.m. Wednesday.
Heckman said they were prepared to shoot 11,000 fireworks, choreographed to music. There were three different platforms, which gave the show a fan effect and shot off fireworks constantly and simultaneously along to the music.
On Wednesday night, they covered the 280 mortar racks because they heard there was a chance of rain.
They first covered each with aluminum, then plastic and then a tarp. Rain wouldn’t stop them from having the show, and Heckman said that they could just shoot right through all three layers.
Each firework shot comes out of the canister at about 350 miles per hour. Mims, comets, jareds and six pieces are just some of the types of fireworks featured in these displays.
The fireworks shot up 500 feet, which they determined by measuring the perimeter of Mack Park field.
The finale alone was 2,300 shots, which could be seen as far as the Hadley Union Building.
Kevin Fritschler, owner of American Fireworks Display, said he loves working with all the other companies, and this was by far his favorite place to shoot off fireworks.
The company is based in Oxford, N.Y., and has done fireworks all over the country.
He brought with him Jeremy Wakefield, his lead pyrotechnician.
Heckman called the groups artists because of the knowledge and care that goes into the show.
She said they know exactly how long each shot takes from shoot off until it hangs in the air.
The companies that collaborated for the show were Zambelli, Pyrotechnico, Starfire Corp, American Fireworks Co., American Fireworks Display, Bay Fireworks and Zy Pyrotechnics.