Massive fireworks display to light up the sky in Saint John – New Brunswick

The skies above Saint John are going to come alive Thursday night, as hundreds of explosions will light up the harbour in a celebration of the city’s heritage, all thanks to three of its oldest companies.

On Wednesday afternoon, pyrotechnician Peter Graham was struggling to control his glee as preparations for the massive fireworks display were made.

Lasting more than twenty minutes, the show will be “the biggest in New Brunswick,” Graham boasted.

Even after decades in the fireworks business, Graham still hasn’t seen it all.

Pyrotechnician Peter Graham says he’ll be using fireworks he’s never seen before. (Matthew Bingley/CBC)

“I am excited, they’re relatively new,” he said, referring to several tubes of nautical fireworks aimed over the edge of the wharf.

“We’ve only had them about three years and the ones we’re shooting here on Thursday night, I have never personally seen before.”

Celebrating 3 iconic Saint John companies

Three Saint John companies are footing the bill for the epic fireworks display.

Moosehead, Source Atlantic, and G.E. Barbour are each 150 years old this year and each chipped in.

“It’s a gift to the City of Saint John, the people of Saint John for their support,” Graham said. “We want everybody to leave and say, ‘Wow.’ If we can do that, then we’ve pushed all the buttons on their chest and we’ll feel good.”

If the fireworks don’t impress people, the finale likely will.

Graham said in that alone, there will be about 2,450 visual impressions.

The fireworks team packs sand around the firing tubes for Thursday’s show. (Matthew Bingley/CBC)

Hundreds of colourful tubes, embedded in sand and in some cases barrels, are being arranged on Long Wharf.

The fireworks display is scheduled for around 9:30 p.m., and while everything is coming together, it hasn’t been easy.

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