LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Away from the crowds of the Taste of Tippecanoe Gary Poe and his team at Melrose Pyrotechnics get ready for the grand finale.
Poe said this was his 19th year coordinating the Taste of Tippecanoe fireworks show.
Melrose Pyrotechnics is fresh off a first place win at a competition in Vietnam. Poe said the audience in Lafayette saw some of the products used in that international competition.
"It's an illusion in the sky is what you're creating," Poe said. "What you'll look for is the duration, the vivid colors, the strong color. It's not washed out."
Poe tried to keep the details of the show a secret until show time. One fireworks fan knows what he likes to see.
"The louder the better, the bigger the better," Evan Cooper said.
Poe said even though fireworks are fun, in the past few years, it's become very serious business.
"Every piece of product we have is accountable," Poe said. "We deal with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. Every piece we have we need to know where it is. Unfortunately it's the world we live in, and we do deal with an element of something that blows up."
But no matter the rules and regulations, Poe called it a labor of love.
"It's just a pleasant time," Poe said. "It gets you away from the real world."
The fireworks are set off down by the Wabash River. Poe said he can't see the faces of the audience when the fireworks explode, but he can still hear the "oohs" and "ahhs."
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