Kelly Hatmaker

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  Imagine: months of design meetings, drawings, computer simulations and site testing — just to watch all of that hard work go up in smoke.

Actually, that’s been the plan all along for the crew in charge of setting off tonight’s fireworks for Fair St Louis.

“It is a challenge to bring all of those elements together,” admits Susan Harvey with J&M Displays. “But out of that challenge it is so gratifying once the show is complete.”

Ground Zero for tonight’s show will be barges moored on the Mississippi River, and it’s far more than just an impressive light show for the thousands who will gather along the riverfront.

Harvey says the entire program follows a specific soundtrack.

“Our multiple song pieces coming together for a very smooth transition from one to the other,” Harvey explains. “And you will see the product move up and down by height, the effects in the sky. A great example is when you hear ‘Achy Breaky Heart’, heart (shaped) shells are breaking in the sky.”

What else can we expect tonight?

“We start with four-inch shells and we build with the fives, the sixes and the eights — and then we’re going to flank the tens on top of that,” Harvey says. “They go up over a thousand feet in the sky before they break. You’ll see color combinations that are going to move you left and right, and test whether you really know when that last finale is going to come.”

The sparks — and the octopus shells, the cross-heads, and the waterfalls — go off with a bang starting at 9:20 tonight.


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