2008 Tacoma Fireworks

I had the good fortune to have the best 4th of July evar. I always wondered what was missing from my 4th of July celebration experience, and it turned out the answer was . . . very large explosives. By a stroke of luck I was able to help set up the 2008 fireworks finale portion of the Freedom Fair show in Tacoma, mentioned here.

The hardest part of the job was the setup, which took two days. We were working on a barge just near Glacier Northwest Concrete in Tacoma. Pyrotechnics work is not as glamorous as it might seem, it consisting mostly of shoveling sand, stringing squib wire, and loading mortars in tubes in the right order. I had altogether too much fun doing even this, however.And, some photographic evidence of the fireworks show itself. Officially, I got to wear a fireman’s suite and be on “fire duty,” which was supposed to consist of running around with a fire extinguisher and putting out flames that might threaten fuses that might launch the wrong shells at the wrong time, however, because 3 other people were already doing that, I ran around with cameras instead.Also, if you are into pictures of me, and captions, check out Dave Cramton’s pictures.

Doing work with fellow film geeks, of course we ended up making a video glorifying the 10″ fireworks shell, creating a somewhat silly loading tube ceremony. This ended up being an intro to the other footage of the fireworks show, and the aftermath, that I shot.

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  • Myself

    I actually missed any firewords this year, but now I got to see some, thanks 😉

    I’m jelous, seems like a fun day, I miss Tacoma, very cool town.

  • Diana

    Amazing! You got to blow stuff up, real good!!

  • Nathan duToit

    There is an altar here. A city that has so little to lose offers everything it has.

  • http://www.worldwentdown.com End

    FYI, you can also wear a fireman’s suit if you get a job as a stripper.
    Pay is hit or miss, but fringe benefits — really fucking great.
    I mean, if you’re into that sort of thing.