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Pyro techs prepare for huge fireworks display on Kansas City's riverfront

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Pyro technicians have spent several days preparing for tonight's big Fourth of July celebration at Berkley Riverfront Park.

The showstopper for KC Riverfest is the fireworks display. When the technicians fire the pipes, flames leap five feet into the air. The 2,000 shells stream into the sky, creating the beautiful colors and geometric patterns we love.

And the bigger the shell, the higher it soars.

Tonight's show will feature a lot of patriotic red, white and blue colors plus greens and purples.

Safety is incredibly important in fireworks shows.

Robert Michael of Zambelli Fireworks, and his crew carefully check pipes to make sure they aren't cracked. Once they complete the setup, they check and double check their work for a show that will last 18 minutes and 57 seconds.

Michael knows the importance of doing this after he suffered third-degree burns on his back, during a mishap in a show several years ago.

"We have what's called a shooter shack, a little building we can go in if something does go wrong," he explained.

But he's confident it won't be necessary, and a beautiful fireworks celebration will be had by everyone. And he knows he will have one of the best seats in the house.

"I get a better show actually," he said.

 For more information on Riverfest, click here.

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