FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT News)-- Even though the fourth of July is Thursday, some fireworks shows are starting a little early. Fruita is kicking off the holiday with a fireworks display on Wednesday night.
Earlier in the day workers were setting up their mortar racks and cleaning them out from their last use. These fireworks crews are professionals who know how to handle large fireworks. For safety they wear goggles, ear protection, helmets and fire coats since there are constantly sparks raining down after they set them off. During the 15 minute show it can get pretty chaotic once the fireworks are set off, making it very difficult to hear.
"The crowd can make quite a bit of noise at the end. It's deafening while you're going through and shooting them and then it's quite and all of a sudden the roar of the crowd comes out and it's pretty satisfying," said lead shooter, Tim Corda.
Staff said they got out to the site at 8 a.m. and they spend a total of 18 hours outside just to set everything up. Spectators will be able to get a good view of the show at the James M. Robb Colorado River state park. The city is providing fire protection outside of the shooting area, so it is safe for spectators to watch.