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Fireworks features 175-shot finale

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The 2007 Storm Lake Star Spangled Spectacular Fourth of July Fireworks show will be "fantastic," according to Fireworks Chairperson Orren Knoffloch. Fireworks fans should plan on viewing the show from the Chautauqua Park jetty Wednesday, July 4.

Excitement will build as adjustment shots will be heard at 9:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. before the show begins at 10 p.m.

The show will start with a 17-shot opening barrage to capture everyone's attention. Some of the more unique shots will include the 1970s-style strobe-like disco lights, which were introduced at the 2006 show. There will also be a red octopus, a snow-ring, chrysanthemum and green butterfly. There will also be a 3-ring salute.

Knoffloch also said fireworks colors are brighter each year with new pyrotechnics technology. Also expect to see glittery colors and gold displays.

The fireworks crew is also excited about the different large explosions that will be in the sky this year.

"We have two eight-inch shells that this community hasn't seen in the last 15 years," Knoffloch said. "Bigger is always better in terms of fireworks."

The crowds will also enjoy the multi-shot boxes, or mini-grand finales with around 36 shots each. But the grand finale itself will be a true show stopper.

"The grand finale will be bigger and better than all in the past. Listen for the noise and thunder and booms. It will have the hair on your arms standing up," Knoffloch said. "It has 175 shots in it. The grand finale still goes up within 30 seconds. There will be a lot of explosions and fire in the sky. It will be organized a little differently, we will be doing it electronically this year, so it may not look quite the same."

The fireworks chair and crew have been providing the highlight of the Star Spangled Spectacular for many years and say they do it for the enjoyment of the Storm Lake and surrounding communities.

"It's still a thrill listening to people and kids who aren't kids anymore say they come back to see the fireworks and the Star Spangled Spectacular. It makes it rewarding for all of us," he explained.

"Thank you to all who continue to attend and believe in the project. The Star Spangled Spectacular is important to the community."