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Jonesboro, AR -- Brandi Hodges Reports

Pyrotechnics Expert Shares Inside Information about Freedom Fest

JONESBORO, AR -- For the firework experts who put on Freedom Fest it takes a lot of preparation.  The guys have actually been setting up the show since last Friday. 

They say they can set up a normal show in a day.  But a show like Freedom fest takes a little bit longer.

The crew finished wiring the fireworks early on Wednesday and spent the rest of the afternoon testing them to make sure they would go off when needed.

John Vesman with Premier Pyrotechnics said that the type of show that is put on for Freedom Fest is different because it is timed to music.

"It is a choreographed pyro musical, which means each wire is going to a specific location to the computer," said Vesman.

When the notes in the music hits the appropriate fireworks go off in tandem with the song.

John Vesman has been doing this for the past 8 years.

"It used to be a lot of hand firing.  We would just go out lighting the fireworks with a railroad flare," said Vesman.

Now the firing system is a lot more technical.

"This show has 10,000 shells in it and I would say it's in excess of $25,000," said Vesman.

The fireworks will follow a script and be timed to music.

"We got it set up over 120 feet wide so not only will it be going wide it will be going high also," said Vesman.

Vesman does about 60 or 70 shows a year.  During the week of the 4th of July, he does five or six in a four day period.

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