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Nashville's fireworks show promises a big finale

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Some 150,000 are expected to attend this year's Fourth of July event in downtown Nashville. (WSMV file photo) Some 150,000 are expected to attend this year's Fourth of July event in downtown Nashville. (WSMV file photo)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

If you are one of the expected 150,000 people who will be attending the Fourth of July fireworks show along Nashville's Riverfront downtown, organizers say you won't be disappointed.

Let Freedom Sing! is one of the country's largest fireworks shows. It takes a lot of planning and work to put on a world class fireworks show.

It's 27 minutes of oohs and ahhs, and it all comes together with a big finale.

Landsen Hill, the president of Pyro Shows, is the man who puts it all together. While you enjoy the fireworks exploding hundreds of feet in the air, Hill and a staff of 14 employees are making it all happen, and it all takes place in the parking lot of Nissan Stadium overlooking the Cumberland River. The first thing you notice is a row of flatbed trucks.

"There are 14 of these flatbeds, all loaded with fireworks. We have an ‘A’ show and a ‘B’ show along with a ‘C’  show. There are three men in the firing bunker that are firing all of the same fuse at the same time, and you’re getting three show at once," Hill said.

Then there's the music. As the Nashville Symphony plays the patriotic music, the fireworks’ explosions all have to be timed down to the second so they explode on cue.

"Some of our fireworks have a zero delay, others need six seconds to reach its altitude,” Hill said. “So if we want you to see the firework at the end of a song, we have to shoot it six seconds early.”

All of the fireworks are released from a so-called bunker about 300 yards away. The bunker is connected to miles of wire to set off the fireworks. Ironically, the employees in the bunker don't get to see any of the pyrotechnics.

It's the final few minutes of the show that will really grab your attention.

"After the symphony quits playing, that's when we are going to turn them loose. The gold finale first and then a thunderous noisy Armageddon finale after that. I promise it will be the biggest, most powerful finale that we have ever shot in Nashville," Hill said.

The show is scheduled to get underway along Lower Broadway about 45 minutes after sunset.

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