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Fireworks At Osprey Stadium Take Hours To Set Up

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It takes just minutes to watch, but hours to set up.

The people behind the fireworks show at Osprey Stadium have been sweating out on the field since noon, and hauling on the road even earlier than that.

There are six tubes to one rack. Five racks make up a bank. Six banks, held together with iron piping, are all going to be filled with fireworks and go off Thursday night after the game.

Three people are setting them all up by hand and will set them off remotely from 150 feet away. It'll take at least four hours of prep before they can hit the switch.

"We like to have them completely set up so everything is not waiting on us. So the main thing is for us to get set up, everything all wired and the way we want it, that way we know how we're going to put it out, and then we can have a rest," said Colin Suddreth with Big Sky Fireworks.

There's also going to be ten cakes on the field. These are clusters of pyrotechnics that are all bundled together with one fuse. Suddreth has been with Big Sky Fireworks for three years and drove hours with his team to Missoula.

"It's not short. It takes concentration. It takes thought about where to put things," said Suddreth.

Last year, there were about 3,100 people in the stands.

"I heard people come up to me days after the game, and here in this home stand, saying how much they loved it, and I can only imagine with the fourth of July coming up the show we're going to have tonight. It's going to be spectacular," said Nolan Alexander, the broadcaster for the Osprey.

"It's going to be amazing," said Suddreth, "It's going to be great."

Before the first spark flies, they tape and band each tube so that they'll know whether or not it fires when it's go time.

Friday, Suddreth is taking off to Seeley Lake to set up another show.

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