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Behind-the-scenes with the fireworks crew

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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - It's some people's favorite part of July 4th but for others, fireworks are paying the bills.

"So I'll hit one shot and 3 are going to go up at the same time," says one pyrotechnician.

The crew at Pyrotecnico start setting up for the Independence Day display over the Twin Cities about 10 hours prior. The launch tubes are lined up, and the fireworks are loaded in.

"Some of them are going to have 49 shots," says Jimmy Litsey, "some of them are going to go straight up, some of them are going to shoot like a machine gun going back and forth, some of them in a fan."

Wires attached to each are connected to a module board, and controlled from a switchboard, a safe distance away.

More than 100 different sparks for a full show. The truck loaded with the fireworks will park on the Endom Bridge just before showtime and then it's 15 minutes of a star-spangled spectacular.

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