Winnipeg fireworks team prepares to light up New Year’s Eve

WINNIPEG — The Forks’ New Year’s Eve fireworks show may be over in just a matter of minutes Wednesday night but it took months to plan.

“As soon as the show from the previous year is over,” said Toby Hughes, a pyrotechnician with Archangel Fireworks. “We have a good relationship with The Forks and they will give us notes on (what) people like to see and music to include.”

Hughes is in charge of setting up Wednesday’s display and his day starts early.

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His team of six arrives on site around 11 a.m. and will work right up until show time to make sure the fireworks go off the way they should.

In all, they will set up more than 400 pieces.

This year the start time has been pushed up because The Forks wanted to have the show at 8 p.m. so it is more family friendly.

The cold weather does make setting up tricky.

“Working with electrics, your fingers get cold, so we take lots of breaks, have those warm packs for your hands and sit in the truck to warm up,” said Hughes. “It makes it worth sitting outside in the cold all …read more

Global News Winnipeg: Winnipeg fireworks team prepares to light up New Year’s Eve

Winnipeg fireworks team prepares to light up New Year’s Eve