Fireworks setup an eight hour job ahead of Oglebay display


Despite the heat and humidity on Tuesday, set up was going on all day for Oglebay’s Fourth of July fireworks display. 

The typical half-hour show takes about eight hours to set up from top to bottom. 

Fireworks shows are actually a lot safer now that things are controlled wirelessly, and people don’t have to run and change out different racks of explosives. 

Sam Zavatsky of American Fireworks has been preparing shows across the region all week, but he said Oglebay is one of his favorites all year. 

“We have just in the finale alone some 300 shells from two and a half inch up to six inch. We’re shooting the eight inch shells which is the only area here where you can shoot eight’s according to the distance. We’ll be shooing 24 of them tonight along with the main body, we got probably 15-hundred shells total,” Zavatsky said. 

Oglebay’s Fireworks start at dusk Tuesday, and when they’re done, there is a cool down period before the crews can start tearing down and packing up for the next show. 

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