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Pensacola fireworks preparations
The countdown is on to the big 4th of July celebrations.
The main attraction of course fireworks.
Loud explosions and beautiful colors but all of that takes days of preparation these are the racks that are being loaded with explosives down here on this huge barge at Patti Marine.
"Each is numbered and addressed so they are synced to the music that is going to be on the radio"
Josh Parrish has been putting on fireworks displays like this one for about 19 years. He has it down to a science.
"Louis Armstrong: It's a Wonderful Life that's one that is typically played every year and so the things that are in the song match what will be in the sky"
For Frank Patty Jr. the 4th of July is all about tradition. Once again he has donated one of his barges to be the platform where the fireworks will be launched into the sky.
"We are all celebrating our independence and it's a time that we can get together as far as a big community events and we like to be part of it."
Of course, safety is a major concern. Josh Parrish says a Fire Marshall and the Coast Guard inspects their operation and gives their approval before the show.
And when these guys start firing off the fireworks. They always stand behind a bunker for protection. They also have access to what they call a "dead man switch" in case something goes wrong.
But there are somethings you can do to stay safe during the fireworks.
"We really like to have people about 300 feet away from the barge. The shells go up and there's fall out with that. There's also sparks and ash. We don't want that to damage a boat."