Cherry Grove, SC (WMBF) – Onlookers for last year's fireworks show at Cherry Grove Pier were shocked when they got a display they will never forget. This year, crews and safety officials are making sure it doesn't happen again.
"They've added a few safety things this year from last year," said Terry Bowen, lead shooter for Zambelli Fireworks. "Just a little extra protection for the pier."
Bowen says last year's mishap was a freak accident, but the team putting together tonight's show is still taking extra safety precautions.
Each of the four crew members will wear hard hats, eye and ear protection, and long sleeve shirts. Terry will also light the thousand pounds of fireworks from behind a designated shelter.
"It's a lot. If it all went off at one time the end of the pier wouldn't be here," Bowen said.
Bowen doesn't believe that will happen. The crew has taken every precaution necessary and has spent nearly a year planning the event. They also worked around the clock for over a day to set up.
Bowen has volunteered every year but says it never gets any easier.
"You look forward to it each year and then when it comes up you say oh, what did I get myself into this year?" joked Bowen.
He says in the end, it's no more than a hard day's work with a payoff few jobs get to have.
"Where else can you go and get paid to blow stuff up?" Laughed Bowen.