FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Fireworks are lighting up the night sky this Fourth of July weekend.
And likely the biggest display in the area came from the top of the Indiana Michigan Power Center.
Fort Wayne’s Fourth of July fireworks display kicked off at 10 p.m. Sunday.
The city launched over 10,000 shells in the one show alone.
But a lot of setup went into getting those fireworks ready to fire.
Pyrotechnic workers installed the fireworks Sunday afternoon on the roof of the I&M building about 400 feet in the air, ready to launch another 400 feet higher.
The shells are connected to an electronic system, so the workers setting them off can stay safely on the other side of the building.
Matt Loraine with Melrose Pyrotechnics says it's a lot of work setting up over one ton of fireworks, but seeing the audience react makes it all worth it.
“It’s the excitement. It’s the sound of the crowd after the last shell goes off and we all run to the side and it just rises up to you, the cheers," Loraine said. "I’m not artistic at all. I can barely write my own name. But I like to put together a fireworks display and try and express myself that way with the event and the way I can put it together so the crowd is happy.”
Loraine says all the fireworks being used Sunday are highly regulated and not available in stores.
Firefighters were at the top of the building with hoses to ensure everyone’s safety.
Loraine says anyone who typically has a view of the tallest building in the city should be able to see and hear the fireworks.
He says on a perfectly clear day, the show would be visible from as far out as Ohio.
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