“It's the birth of our nation; the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th 1776,” said LCpl. Walter Christiansen. Friday, at Battleship Park, crews were getting ready to celebrate with a bang. Pyro Shows Firework Company prepared hundreds of fireworks for the Battleship Blast. The big Independence Day bash is the largest choreographed fireworks display in the Tar Heel state. Visitors who stopped by to tour the ship could already feel the excitement in the air. “I've always loved stuff that's goes boom,” said LCpl. Christiansen. “I love fireworks, I love all the patriotism. It's one of the few times of year when people show how much they love this country.” On the Fourth of July everybody enjoys watching the bombs bursting in air, but not everybody realizes the effort that goes into making these fireworks light up the night. “First, when we get on the scene, we start looking at it, get our rack, then start unloading trucks, pulling our racks out setting them up. Putting sand in them to keep them from moving, then start pulling out shells,” described Justin Thompson of Pyro Shows. The whole process takes crew members about three days to set up; a lot of work for just over a half hour of fun, but crew members say the payoff is a blast. “I mean it looks pretty good, makes me really happy that I got to do something,” said Thompson. The Thirteenth Annual Battleship Blast starts Saturday at 9:00 p.m. Thousands of people are expected to take in the view from across the river in downtown Wilmington.
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