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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - It takes only a few days to prepare for the biggest 30 minute show that brings the whole city together.
"The fire works will be lit by 3 to 4 people over the course of the 20 to 30 minutes that the show is going. The set up takes anywhere from 10 to 20 people depending on the air and what portion of the setup we're in," James Cameron with Melrose Pyrotechnics said.
Melrose Pyrotechnics is behind the display.
"In the old days they used to hand fire them. That was significantly more dangerous. now we use electronics. Each of the shells in each of the cakes will have an electronic fuse with it. That fuse when we push a button will ignite the item and it will go up into the air."
The show costs $40,000. It takes a team effort to put it on and clean it up.
Even though they are professionals, anything can happen so they have police and firefighters on duty to help out.
Melrose Pyrotechnics has been doing the city's fireworks for 45 years.
Cameron said it wouldn't be possible without the mayor, the police and fire department.