BUTLER, Pa. (KDKA) — We know Western Pennsylvania loves its fireworks. And that makes our area the perfect place for a fireworks convention.

A full week of the booms and blasts set off by companies from all over the United States. And the best part, everyone is invited!

If you live in Butler County, get ready because the International Fireworks Convention will be lighting up the skies over Coopers Lake next August.

“This is the biggest event Butler County has ever seen,” said Jack Cohen, of the Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau.

It’s four nights of fireworks. Each show will be two-and-a-half hours long.

It takes a special place to host an event this big.

“They look for locations that they have 600 acres of open site and we’re fortunate enough to have that here in Butler County,” said Cohen.

The last time the convention came here was back in 1994 in New Castle.

This year is the 40th anniversary, and organizers say the fireworks displays will blow you away.

“Our fireworks are huge compared to normal Fourth of July displays,” said Dan Creagan, of Pyrotechnics Guild International. “We have some shells that will break 150 pounds.”

The convention has been in the works for four years. It’s expected to bring in more than $2.5 million.

For more information, check out VisitButlerCounty.com

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