By Mike DeNardo
PHILADLEPHIA (CBS) – Crews at the Navy Yard today will finish loading shells onto barges, for the New Year’s Eve fireworks shows at Penn’s Landing.READ MORE: Gasoline Shortage Appears To Be Creeping Into Philadelphia Region As Colonial Pipeline Resumes Operations
It’s a labor-intensive, three day job, loading 5,000 shells into mortar tubes and wiring them to a computerized controller. The two loaded barges will float their way into position on New Year’s Eve for the 6 p.m. “Star Wars” and midnight classical-themed shows. Show producer Ken Furstoss of the firm Pyrotecnico says in addition to the chrysanthemums, red rings and willows, there are a few new twists.READ MORE: Man Shot 11 Times, Killed In Southwest Philadelphia Quadruple Shooting, Police Say
“We’ve had some new designs. We’re calling them ‘Lollipops.’ I think they’ll be very spectacular. They’re right off the water and the effect is down there. So you’ll see several shots of those on both shows.”MORE NEWS: Upper Darby Native Todd Rundgren Joins Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go's In 2021 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Class
And KYW Newsradio will broadcast the synchronized soundtracks for the 6 p.m. and midnight shows.