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Behind-the-scenes look at the Waterfront Blues Festival fireworks

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It's the largest fireworks display in Oregon, and FOX 12 got an inside look at the Waterfront Blues Festival fireworks show.

It's no small project for the crew from Western Display, a fifth generation company based in Canby. They are tasked with putting on Oregon's biggest fireworks show this Fourth of July.

The logistics alone are hard to imagine. It takes a crane to unload a semi-truck full of gear and fireworks down to a barge where it takes another full day to unpack all the boxes and set up all the wiring.

Hundreds of wires will feed into a board inside what they call the "bunker box" where Eugene Horvath will be in charge of the show. It's all done digitally, and at the flip of a switch, fireworks are sent 300 to 500 feet into the air.

"These are what we call cakes, this is the exciting stuff that we as pyros like to shoot. This is nonstop action. This box is a 100 shot fan, so within 26 seconds you're going to have 100 shells blow out of this fan that's already been custom made," said Horvath.

Horvath said the secret to the show is the finale.

"When you work two days for 20 minutes of fun, you get really, really excited about the end. There's no better way to celebrate America, there's no better way to celebrate the Fourth of July because you get to make people happy and you get to help be part of that enjoyment of celebrating the fireworks."

The Waterfront Blues Festival fireworks show starts just a few minutes after 10 p.m.

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