Most of us only see a small part of what goes into making a fireworks display happen. But when the show is over, the real work begins.
Thursday night, the skies lit up with the colors of Independence Day, but on Friday, the clean-up got underway in Tulsa.
The process of getting the city back in order after 4th of July celebrations, like ONEOK Freedomfest, requires a lot of work.
The fireworks that are the focal point of the entire day's events are left up to Steve Frantz. "Well, everybody loves fireworks! They say it's -- You know, most people say, 'That was the greatest show I've ever seen' and that just makes our heart feel great,"
Involved with Tulsa's Independence Day celebrations for close to 20 years, Steve Frantz has a special affection for the city. An Oklahoma native, he enjoys putting on a show for the city that so many of his loved-ones call 'home.' "My mom lives here in Tulsa, I have a sister that lives in Tulsa, and we've got a lot of friends. So I've got a very personal feeling about Tulsa."
Atlas Enterprises -- and Frantz, himself -- are in the business of fireworks. Based out of Fort Worth, the company services fireworks displays, all over the region. When the show is done, all of the equipment involved has to be packed up and shipped back to Texas. Frantz says it is an eight-day process. One that involves more effort than most spectators ever see. "The 21 seconds they get to see has a lot of hours prior to the actual show being fired," Frantz said.
The removal process begins almost immediately. All of the racks of mortars, used to shoot off the fireworks, have to be loaded back onto moving trucks to be shipped. Those racks can weigh anywhere from 50 to 100 lbs.
Frantz says all of the work is worth the final product. "It just is a beautiful show. It's a beautiful setting, it's a great town, and we love to come back here, year after year."
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