Waterfront fireworks: The show behind the show

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by Bryan Baker

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 3:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Thousands come to Louisville's Waterfront Park for the Waterfront Independence Day Festival and a chance to hear music, enjoy the river, and to just celebrate Fourth of July celebrations.
 
But the real attraction is the fireworks. And preparations for them are made for two days before the holiday and for hours on a 40 foot by 200 foot barge about a mile up the Ohio River, where wired and ready, the beginning, middle, and finale lays dormant, waiting to be seen.
 
In 2012, WHAS11 got an inside look at those preparations from Zambelli Fireworks. The company puts on between 50 and 75 shows a year and has been producing Thunder over Louisville fireworks and Fourth of July fireworks for more than 20 seasons.
 
The heat was a minor problem but winds and cooler weather swept through the Waterfront as the sun began to set. Louisville EMS reported three to four heat-related illnesses, but all victims are expected to recover. Louisville Metro Police and festival staff reported no significant problems otherwise.

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