Setup begins for Red, White & BOOM!–this year, with more boom

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – The fireworks have arrived along the Scioto River for this year’s Red, White & BOOM!

Three semi trailers full of racks and shells were delivered to the launch site Wednesday morning and the scene hasn’t slowed since. More than half a dozen racks, most 4 shells wide and nearly 20 shells long are lined up along the water, although many of the outer shells carry multiple shells inside.

A 20-man Pyrotecnico crew is loading each shell into the mortar rack and connecting the wires back to the computers that will spark each carefully-timed charge.

“There’s nothing like fireworks on the 4th of July,” says Pyrotecnico Show Producer Ralph Piacquadio.

Piacquadio has produced nearly every Red, White & BOOM! in the show’s 36-year history.  He’s keeping a tight lock on the top secret 25-minute music playlist.

Fireworks Site Manager Earl Burke says this year will be better than ever before.

“We come down and we’re gonna make Columbus shine. That’s what the whole idea is,” he says.

Columbus is going to shine–but it’s also, of course, going to boom.

“You need boom in BOOM!,” explains Piacquadio. “There’s a lot in here this year. There’s actually about 25% more boom in boom than there was last year.”

Piacquadio says there are more of the bright, white “salutes” fireworks, which make you feel the concussion in your chest, throughout the show this year. But, there’s an extra 25 percent in the last few seconds.

“Don’t miss the last 5 seconds, it’s gonna get loud,” he says.

Vendor and VIP tents were already set up late Wednesday. Vendors are expected Thursday morning and by late tomorrow evening folks can begin to reserving spots.

The fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Friday, July 1 The sound track can heard on WNCI 97.9.

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