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Preparing for Fourth fireworks

July 4, 2005

Albany -- Albany officials hope more than 20-thousand people from across South Georgia will enjoy their Fourth of July celebration.

 The Fireworks show should start about 9 PM., and the people putting the show together hope this will not be the final Fourth of July fireworks show put on by the city of Albany.

Albany city workers set up for the big Fourth of July fireworks show. Instead of a day off, these city workers spent the day on the Broad Avenue bridge, staging to launch over one thousand shells. Fireworks Supervisor Dale Henry said "It's a lot of work setting it all up, but when we get it all done, it's really worthwhile."

More than 14,000 dollars worth of fireworks will be shot off  to celebrate America's Independence. Henry said "That is a six inch mortar shell. On this lineup we have three, fours, fives, and sixes." "There is a cord that's run to a control panel. The control panel is powered by a twelve volt car battery. You flip the switch, there is a sqwib on the end of this. Right here inside here, a little electronic device when the current hits it, ignites the fuse and sets off the firework."

 City commissioners have debated cutting the Fourth Fireworks show, as they slash the budget. As these City workers spend their day making sure everyone gets a great show, they hope this is not their final hurrah. Henry said "I think it's going to work out real well. But hopefully it's not going to be the last one."

Most of Broad Avenue, Front and Washington Streets near the Turtle Grove Play Park are blocked off, so people can stroll and watch the fireworks and band from RiverFront Park.

South Georgia businesses are setting up shop, to cash in on the American celebration. Kay Lamb of Party Plus Wedding said "Brings a lot more people down here and to enjoy everything and see everything." Damian Wilson knows people will want his Dippin Dots and Sno Biz cold treats. Wilson said "I hope so, that's the reason we're down here."

An American tradition...food, fun, and fireworks on the Fourth. And they promise plenty of fireworks, with a 35 minute show loaded up.

If you are heading downtown to the Albany fireworks celebration, city officials remind you the Parking Decks are the best place to park and walk to the celebration.

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