I love fireworks!
They are awesome!
And they go "BOOM."
Even after thousands of years, fireworks still captivate, amaze, and terrify spectators around the globe. Fireworks date back to ancient China before the invention of gunpowder. Over the centuries, the desire for bigger and better explosions has fueled much experimentation.
Fireworks made their way to Europe when Italian explorer, Marko Polo, brought them from the Orient in 1292. During the Renaissance in Europe, the Italians developed fireworks displays into a true art form. And when they came to America, they brought their fireworks with them.
在意大利探险家－－马可波罗－－于 1292 年将它们从东方带回时，烟火得以前进到欧洲。在欧洲文艺复兴期间，意大利人将烟火秀发展成一种真正的艺术形式。而当他们来到美国时，他们带着他们的烟火一起。
One such man was Vincenzo Sorgi, who came to America in 1899. In 1902, he started the American Fireworks company. Today, the Sorgi family continues his legacy, bringing smiles to another generation of Americans. Eric Stewart is the company's lead technician.
这样的一个人是 Vincenzo Sorgi，他在1899 年来到美国。在1902 年，他创立了美国烟火公司。如今，Sorgi 家族延续他的留下的产业，将欢笑带给另一代的美国人民。Eric Stewart 是公司的首席技师。
That is uh... Right now, I have the crew, basically running the guns out to build the show.
On this day, his crew is hard at work in the town of Colonial Beach, Virginia. The set-up for a spectacular fireworks display not only takes muscle but teamwork. After all, these pyrotechnicians are handling explosives, and enjoying every bit of it.
At first, of course you get the jitters, but then that all works out. And now, it's show time.
Eric said that in his 10-plus years of experience with pyrotechnics, fireworks displays choreographed with music are hands down the favorite with Americans. While pyrotechnic crews will at times still light the shells by hand, most of them are ignited electronically, which makes them safer. Like the Colonial Beach show, it's all done by switch panel.
What makes a perfect show would be when the show goes off flawlessly, and the crowd goes crazy at the very end of the show.
Today, we celebrate our country's independence, and we'll end our celebration with this spectacular fireworks display, just as those early patriots did over 200 years ago.