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Crews Prepare For 4th Of July Fireworks Show

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Fireworks are a large part of the Fourth of July celebration in Pittsburgh and crews are already prepping for the event.

Barges were loaded up with equipment for the big show Wednesday morning.

New Castle based, Pyrotecnico is in charge of putting on the 24-minute show this year and they’re promising the biggest bangs yet.

Three barges arrived at the Point Wednesday morning. They’ll be the launching pads for the tens of thousands of fireworks that will light up our sky.

“It’s not always quantity either. It’s really how you use them and the quality of the material,” Ralph Piacquadio said.

Pyrotecnico plans to use the shells every which way. The group is even planning nautical fireworks that will erupt the water in lights.

“It’s [going to] be as soft as it is powerful. It will be as quiet as it will be loud. We will use everything we can as far as a palate,” Piacquadio said.

Trucks carried the mortars, which will be used to hold and organize the fireworks. The show took around 50 hours to design and then countless days to plan and produce.

“There is a process and it starts with the audio, the design of the fireworks and that really is an enjoyable time because this really is a special show to us and we take a lot of time to lay in what we call the script,” Piacquadio said.

Pyrotecnico said they couldn’t get into specifics, but said the price tag is well over $100,000.

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