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Jul 3, 2014 12:01 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Pyro Preparations Underway for 4th of July "Big Bang" Celebration!

CORPUS CHRISTI - "It's going to be a blast!" That's what U.S.S Lexington officials say about this year's "Big Bang" Fourth of July celebration. Crew members like Yolanda Garza, with Western Pyro Crew Company have been hard at work, preparing for the fireworks phenomenon.

"When it blows, there's going to be a lot of, it looks like "bling" all over the sky," Garza said.

Big shells will burst into the air on the Fourth of July, in honor of America's birthday and the "Big Bang" celebration.

"Eight's are the biggest ones and they are the biggest booms you're going to hear out there," Garza added.

Garza says, she and the guys have been working non-stop aboard the Lexington, rigging up roughly one thousand fireworks. Each one has to be carefully wired to a computer system that will ignite the firecrackers.

"There's a lot of preparation for the show, there's getting the shells dropped in, we have different sizes, they have different, well what will say is booms for you guys out there," Garza said.

The public will not be allowed on the flight deck after 6p.m. as the show gets underway. However, there are several surrounding areas designated for firework viewing, including the Texas State Aquarium, Fajitaville and North Beach.

"A lot of people trying to come out on this walkway out here, they're going to stop you. So find a good spot before you try to spot one out here and then lose a spot out there.," she said.

Garza says, because of all the flamable materials, permits are required in order to shoot off fireworks. Plus, crews are making sure that all safety measures are met to protect those who will be on deck monitoring the sparkling show.

The fireworks show starts at 9:30p.m. right after officials light up the Harbor Bridge with the red, white and blue. Crews say it will last about 21 minutes and the fireworks will be syncronized with music, so be sure to tune into KBAY 92.7 or 1440 am ESPN radio.

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