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05/24/03

Fireworks Will Sparkle On Casino Row

For the next 15 consequtive Sundays, Casino Row will be launching fireworks from a barge in the Mississippi Sound.

"What you have to do is you have to specifically label each and every one of these and you have a specific spot for it," lead operator Chris Bech said as he carefully placed each firework in it's corresponding tube.

To Bech, fireworks are more than a show, they're a creation of art.

"When you think about it, the sky is kind of like a palette, the different shells go different heights, three inch, four inch, five inch, six inch, and there's different effects that we can do," Bech said.

One of those effects, involves setting up the exact same fireworks on each side of the barge.

"That way in two spots in the sky you have the exact same shell popping at the exact same time, and it makes for a great show," Bech said.

 There will be more than 800 large shells in each Sunday night show. A computer controlled choreograph system will launch the fireworks within 1/30 of a second. Electrical impulses are sent through tiny wires, like speaker cable, that will fire each shell.

"Takes a good day, day and a half to set up. It goes off in about 15, 20 minutes. When it goes off it's worth every second of setting it up. It's a lot of man hours in the office setting a show up like this, choreographing the music and making sure every shell goes off when it needs to go off. It's a lot of work behind the scenes, a lot of work," shooter's assistand Steve Bach said.

Setting up the barge is not easy work, but seeing the finished product is certainly worth the sweat. Many fireworks experts will tell you, watching fireworks launched from the water gives twice the punch.

"You really get a double display because you can see the reflection on the water, the water carries the sound a whole lot more. In this case tonight we're going to have over 500 shells firing in the last minute and a half, painting the sky every color of the rainbow, a lot of red white and blue, and ending it with thunderous salutes that will reverberate the whole Biloxi area," David Spear said.

A 'Memorial' grand finale to honor our men and women who defend our freedom.

The fireworks shows start promptly at 9 p.m. Each Sunday there will be a different musical theme... including an Elvis night, jimmy buffet night, a fifty sixties night and a British invasion night.

By Nathan Mihelich 

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