Local pyrotechnic company prepares for biggest week of year

Local pyrotechnic company prepares for biggest week of year

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The fireworks show, held each night, lasts just under 10 minutes. Each of the bursts of color are planned out meticulously by Scott Breslin. The fireworks show, held each night, lasts just under 10 minutes. Each of the bursts of color are planned out meticulously by Scott Breslin.
"You have a hometown crowd. When you're shooting a local show, you're a little more particular in wanting it to go off as best as possible," Breslin said. "You have a hometown crowd. When you're shooting a local show, you're a little more particular in wanting it to go off as best as possible," Breslin said.
"It's kind of like Dollywood being a world-class theme park in your backyard. Pyro Shows is one of the best pyrotechnic companies in the world and it's right in LaFollette," said Pete Owens, the spokesperson for Dollywood. "It's kind of like Dollywood being a world-class theme park in your backyard. Pyro Shows is one of the best pyrotechnic companies in the world and it's right in LaFollette," said Pete Owens, the spokesperson for Dollywood.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) – Pyro Shows stages some of the biggest firework shows in the country. The week of Fourth of July is the busiest week of the year for the LaFollette-based company.

It's crunch time for Pyro Shows, which will put on nearly 250 shows this week alone.

The company is also responsible for a new firework extravaganza at Dollywood. It's a show that holds a special place in the hearts of one of the creators.

The Dollywood fireworks show, held each night, lasts just under 10 minutes, but each of those bursts of color are planned out meticulously by Scott Breslin.

Breslin has worked for Pyro Shows and Dollywood for several years.

"This is cue 171. When that fires, four or five shells goes off simultaneously," Breslin explained as he walked down the four sandboxes filled with firework shells.

It sounds complicated, but for Breslin and his crew the system is second nature.

"We handle each shell into the mortar individually and put an electric match into each one," he said.

For six hours, 264 shells are put into canisters.

"Overall this is a medium-small show," Breslin said.

Pyro Shows puts on shows of various sizes all over the country -- from East Tennessee's biggest show, Boomsday, to Washington, D.C. to Palm Beach.

Breslin says the ones close to home mean the most.

"You have a hometown crowd. When you're shooting a local show, you're a little more particular in wanting it to go off as best as possible," he said.

That's why Pyro Shows was a no-brainer for Dollywood's new show.

"It's kind of like Dollywood being a world-class theme park in your backyard. Pyro Shows is one of the best pyrotechnic companies in the world and it's right in LaFollette," said Pete Owens, the spokesperson for Dollywood.

The show is called "Dolly's Nights of Many Colors" and features new material by the country star.

"It goes through a series of Dolly songs that she has written for the park," Owens said about the show.

The show goes on each night at 9:30 p.m. and will continue until August 4. The July Fourth show will be extra special, with 40 percent more fireworks.

While Breslin can't hear Dolly's lyrics, he has his own cues. During the show he sits behind a control board, flipping each switch timed out perfectly to each firework. He flips the switches, awaiting his own personal finale.

"Once the last shell breaks in the air you can hear the crowd cheering from down below," Breslin said. "And that's a real good feeling."

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