Posted: Jul 3, 2013 5:45 PM by Jamie Leary - KBZK News
For 5 years one family has been providing the Gallatin Valley with OOOOHHH's and AHHHH's on the Fourth of July.
Today they arrived at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds to set up for the fun
A small black trailer, parked on the fairgrounds, doesn't look that intimidating. But look inside and you will find about 2,000 pounds of explosives and about 2800 pounds of shells. All are handled with care by the Truscott family
"My wife's been on board since day one and our daughter is 3," said Cole Truscott , a Pyrotechnics Technician.
Both Cole's son and daughter love fireworks like their dad. "We had to light some last night to get her to calm down," he said.
Also on board with Cole is his father Scott and brother Chad.
"Definitely a good family get together," said Chad Truscott.
Cole's father says he does the work to be close to his sons.
But the family is also here because they are passionate about pyrotechnics
"As it gets closer to being dark you can hear the town," said Missy Truscott. "You can hear everybody, you can hear the crowd and when it's time to go, when it's time to pull the trigger... it's pretty cool to see."
It takes a lot of teamwork to get the show ready
"We're gonna have a about 1,500 individual shells and they range from about 3 to 6 inch in diameter."
But don't look to buy these at your local fireworks stand. A special license is required to purchase these mortars.
The whole Truscott family will be working and setting up well into this evening, preparing for tomorrow night's show.
After the last flash and bang, the Truscott family will begin to clean up and make plans for next year.
"I like Montana out of everywhere I've been," said Cole. "I'd always like to come back here."
The Truscott clan plans to come back again next year.
The show is scheduled to begin around 10:30 at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds and will last for about 17 minutes.