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Fireworks show should be big

Friday, July 1, 2011

The fireworks display for Monett's July 4th celebration on Saturday will be an outstanding display.

According to a spokesperson for AM Pyrotechnics, of Buffalo, manufacturer of many of the shells, the quality and intensity of the colors of the fireworks used in Monett are exceptional.

"The colors look totally different from the shells made in China," the spokesperson said. "They're 10 times more beautiful, and they last longer.

"Shows that support us put jobs back in America. We've been able to hire more people," the spokesperson said.

Jason Baxter, who will oversee launching the Monett show, said the supply of fireworks delivered for the show yesterday is bigger than in past years.

"The show will definitely last 18 to 22 minutes, depending on how fast we shoot it," Baxter said. "We've got a lot of four- to five-inch shells that will go up to 100 feet in the air. Six-inch shells are probably as big as we'll shoot, because of the closeness of the crowd. They are nice."

Baxter said there are a large number of ground displays that will only be seen by people in the park.

"We've replaced some of the charges in the shells we buy, so we get the maximum lift," Baxter continued. "We get the biggest circles and the maximum peak. A lot of them burn a long time. With the highest lift, we can get multiple breaks by putting more in them. The colors are awesome."

Baxter said he has worked for A.M. Pyrotechnics for 10 years. He has shot very big shows, like one for the James River Assembly.

"Monett's my favorite show," Baxter said. "There are a lot of people there. The show is not so big that it takes two days to set up, and you don't have to take a whole day to put it in the trucks. As far as the quality and the shells, I love to shoot Monett."

The fireworks show will be held on both Friday and Saturday this year. The Friday display will be a mini-show, and Saturday will be the big display. Both will begin at dark, approximately between 9:15 and 9:30 p.m. from the east side of the park.

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