Houston Matters

‘I Make Things Blow Up’ — Meet the Pyrotechnician for the Astros

Posted on · We meet Richard Welch, the pyrotechnician who operates the fireworks at Minute Maid Park during Houston Astros games. During each game, he sits in a perch near the left field foul pole and waits for the Astros to hit a home run. Then he flips a switch and pulls a trigger. That fires a single […]


The Show Must Go On!

Posted on · Across the country, a number of cities are cancelling their fireworks show this year for economic reasons.  Here in Texas, many are doing the same, but the reasons have to do with safety.  Drought conditions have made much of Texas dry and more prone to fire.  But that's not stopping some cities from going on with the show, including Houston.  Bill Stamps reports.