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New Year’s Fireworks Are Ready To Launch

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Workers prepare the shells before the fireworks shows. (credit: John McDevitt)

Workers prepare the shells before the fireworks shows. (credit: John McDevitt)

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CAMDEN (CBS) - The shells that will be launched pyrotecnics displays over the Delaware River tomorrow night are being loaded and wired at a ship yard in Camden today.

A computer program is used to coordinate the firworks with the soundtrack that can be heard on KYW Newsradio 1060 during for the 6pm and midnight shows. CBS-3 will broadcast the midnight show.

Mark Wilson is a pyrotechnician for Pyrotechnico, a Pittsburgh based company, and he will help illuminate the sky on New Year’s Eve.

“That computer program is downloaded into a field computer a shotbox computer that is actually is linked together with GPS clocks,” he said. “At the appropriate time, through the GPS timing with the clocks, the radio station, the TV station, and ourselves — once that time is set — all three three of those devices will turn on.  All are synced up within a milo-second of each other.”

The Camden fire department has allready made one safety inspection and will do another prior to the release of the shell packed barges into the channel. The Coast Guard also does an inpection for safety.

Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio

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