BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – The Pyro Productions Warehouse in Adamsville is clearing out. Trucks are transporting heavy duty fireworks from the bunker to dozens of cities.
“Right now we have around 60 shows going out in the next 3 days. Of course the 4th is always a big day, but we have people shooting after the 4th and we’ve just shot some before the 4th so we’ve got them basically everywhere in 5 states,” said Debbie Neu, Pyro Productions. “With the inclement weather we’ve definitely had some of the cities postpone their shows or, or change them to a different date. This is the cities that are totally 100% rained out, the vendors have backed out, etcetera so they’ve canceled or postponed their event, but the ones that haven’t and the diehards that are going to come out- if they’ll come out and watch it, we’ll shoot it.”
Neu says high winds are the only weather situations that really affect them. In her view the rain’s not all bad when it comes to fireworks.
“We have minimal fire danger due to the rain so we’re okay with it. We cover all of our explosives with plastic and if necessary we shoot right through it,” said Neu.
According to Jeff Neu, the big shells for the biggest show at Vulcan Park can shoot 1000 feet in the air, several times higher than the statue. Thunder on the Mountain is still set to happen there, rain or shine on July 4th at 9 p.m.
“We’re expecting it to come, but it’s not going to affect us the show will go on,” said Jeff Neu.
“We take a lot of pride in working on the show; Pyro has taken a lot of pride in working on the show he takes all the precautions necessary so that the show can function. Because of the height and how far the fireworks explode, you should be able to see it regardless of rain,” said Christina Almanza, Vulcan Park spokesperson.
Almanza says only the threat of severe weather would cause organizers to cancel the show.
“As far as I’m aware of we have never had to delay it until another day. I know we have had times where we have, may have had a delay of 10 to 15 minutes until we wait for the rain, but we have not canceled the show,” said Almanza.
See below for updates on some of the fireworks shows happening in the Birmingham area this week:
Tonight’s “I Love America event,” in Vestavia Hills has been postponed until July 12th at Wald Park due to weather, according to the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce.
The “Big Kaboom” in Chelsea tonight is still set to happen tonight (July 3rd) and to include fireworks, but the other entertainment has been cancelled due to weather, according to the City Clerk. The show is set to start at 9 p.m., but it may start an hour earlier or later depending on the weather.
The Mayor of Helena says the fireworks display planned for 9:30 pm tonight (July 3rd) near the Helena Amphitheater in Old Town is hit or miss right now.
They want to hold off as long as possible before canceling due to weather. The mayor says it may come down to a “game time decision.”
If the show does not happen tonight they may try to reschedule for another time this week, but that will also depend on variables like the weather.
The Thunder on the Mountain fireworks display at Vulcan Park is set to happen rain or shine at 9 p.m. on July 4th according to organizers.
The fireworks show at the City of Hoover’s Freedom Fest is set to happen rain or shine on July 4th at the Hoover met at nine p.m. tomorrow night rain or shine according to City Hall.
There will be a free fireworks display at Heritage Park in Cullman, courtesy of Desperation Church. According to the church the fireworks will start at dark rain or shine on July 4th. The park will open at 7 for people who want to grab a spot there, but one church spokesperson says they will shoot fireworks even if people have to sit in their cars to see them.
The fireworks display planned at Lakeside Park in Pell City on July 4th is still on schedule, according to a Pell City Civic Center spokesperson. The fireworks display is set to start at 9 p.m. on Thursday.