FOND DU LAC - For many of the crews at the National Fireworks AssociationConvention, pyrotechnics run not only in the family, but in theveins.
“A 20 minute show can take 500 hundred hours of work to dobut they love it," Dick Hardy with the National FireworksAssociation said.but they love it. "These guys are purepyrotechnicians. There was a saying that once you have smelt thesmoke you can never go away.”
Hardy says the annual convention is a reunion for the industry,but also a business meeting where millions of dollars changehands.
According to the Fond du Lac Convention and Visitors Bureauthere are 30 different manufacturers from China and 41 differentstates represented.
The event is expected to pump nearly $1 million into the localeconomy and plenty of other business outside it. Pyrotechnic teamsand manufacturers relish the opportunity to show their skills tobrokers.
Crew members from Wolverine Fireworks Display of Michigan, oneof many companies in attendance, say the convention helps them meetdistributors and customers. They choreographed a 9-11 tribute tomusic. The show will be set off electronically, but crew memberssay set-up is always a challenge.
"We've been working for three days, day and night setting upthis display," Raymond Meyer with Wolverine said.
The city estimates 25,000 people turned out to watch theevent. The 9-11 tribute lasted 26 minutes for a cost of$40,000.
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Oconto County officials are investigating what might have caused a shed fire.
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The crash scene is clear. Both lanes of I-43 in this area are back open.
Many roads throughout Northeast Wisconsin are snow covered and slippery.
The Oneida Police Department is once again helping people in need stay warm this winter.