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Houston’s ‘Freedom over Texas’ Fireworks Ready

Expect another stellar fireworks show at the annual event.

Workers were putting the finishing touches on the giant fireworks display that will cap the annual Houston’s “Freedom over Texas,” the city’s official Fourth of July event.

There are several display of racks that contain silos that the fireworks are loaded into. CW McGee with Pyrotechnico USA, says each rack is wired to an electronic match.

“That’s a small explosive,” said McGee. “So we insert it, we make sure that it has contact with the fuse, and then we wrap it two times to make sure that there’s not loss of contact. This is a show set to music, so you’re gonna have fireworks popping over here, over here and over here here. And we do have shells that are in flight, that they will all go up in synchronized in display.”

Some 3500 fireworks will go off in the 17 1/2 minute program that begins about 9:30 p.m. It is one of the larger shows produced by the Pennsylvania-based company.

McGee says safety features are in place for workers producing the show.

“What we have is a safety kit that consists of goggles, hard hat helmet, and we all have headsets on so we’re communicating with each other,” he said. “You have your fire extinguishers that are in place, so that we can grab them in case the particular position catches on fire. We can put it out, and the show still continues.”

Houston Fire Department Inspector Joe Leggio was on hand to see operation being put together. He says the company follows a safety protocol.

“One of the most important things we’ve done is right here at this firing sight: We’ve required that’s these mortars be buried in sand, and that ensures stability during firing,” he said. “In addition to that, we have required that some of the fallout zones be extended to the buildings and to the residential areas.”

This year’s event features a new main stage that was previously built on Allen Parkway. It’s now constructed off the street, on the grass in the park adjacent to Buffalo Bayou and will feature country singer Jennifer Nettles. The gates open at 4 p.m.

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