Lights in the night

A preview of tonight's Fire in the Sky fireworks.
Monday, July 4, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:50 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

There are the ones with rings and the ones that look like geysers. Beyond that, a lot of us have trouble describing what a firework explosion looks like, much less knowing the differences between them.

The Fire in the Sky show tonight at Memorial Stadium in Columbia will make use of 568 different types of fireworks. The seven types of fireworks shown here were chosen because of their aesthetic uniqueness and because of their prevalence in the show.

Also on display tonight will be a few newer effects, including fireworks that create the image of Mickey Mouse, a butterfly, a smiley face and red hearts. “I see new types of shells every time I set up,” said lead pyrotechnician Richard Ash. The finale will feature a three-stage multiple salute with thousands of coconut tree firework effects.


WHERE: Memorial Stadium, in the west bleacher section and the northern grassy hill. Park in any lot surrounding the stadium except the west side of Memorial Stadium, the south side of Mizzou Arena, a small portion of the east lot of Hearnes, the first two levels of Maryland Avenue garage and the new Reactor Field lot.


Gates open: 6:30 p.m.

Chump Change performs: 7 p.m.

The Bel Airs perform: 8 p.m.

Missouri Symphony will begin their pops concert: 9 p.m.

Fireworks will start around 9:40 p.m.

OTHER INFO: The event is free, and concessions will be available. For more information, visit or listen to radio station 1610 AM.


Falling Leaves:

This is considered a long-duration special effect because the firework can be shot between 200 and 900 feet high and burn almost all the way to the ground, Ash said. “It is like leaves are burning and falling from the sky,” he said.


Blue Peony with Palm Core:

This firework includes a palm tree shape in the middle of a circle of about a thousand stars. Ash said the firework effect of peonies comes in about 24 types with colors including pink, purple, blue, yellow, gold and green. 


Red and Green Bees:

The shells from this firework break apart and disperse wildly. “If bees could fly at night, that is what they look like,” Ash said.


White Strobe to Report:

This more conventional firework will flash and then produce a large bang, Ash said. “That is pretty much it,” he said.


Golden Chrysanthemum:

The firework effect consists of tailed stars that expand in a symmetrical fashion to create a spoke and an expanding circle of color. The firework is named after a bright colored flower that was purported to have magical powers in ancient China.


Silver Crossettes:

As this firework breaks into the sky, it disperses into a ring and then each part of the ring breaks into smaller pieces that float around. Ash said this firework, with its secondary effect, is one of his favorites. Tonight’s finale will include two barrages of purple crossettes.



Enjoy musical entertainment from Del Alma, a Latin band, food and beverage, children’s activities, which include a bounce house and fireworks at dusk.

When:Monday, July 4th

Where: Kemper Park, Boonville.

Info: Free; call 660-882-7977.


Fulton Country Club will have a fireworks show. Members can view the fireworks from the club and the public will be able to view them from Veterans Park.

When: Firework show will begin at dusk Monday, July 4th.

Where: Fulton Country Club, 701 E. Tenth St.; Veterans Park, corner of State, Tenth, Wood and Eighth streets.

Info: Free; 573-642-3005.


Fayette will have an Independence Day celebration that will include games at the pool, three-on-three basketball tournament and fireworks at dusk.

When: Games begin 11 a.m. Monday, July 4th.

Where: Fayette City Park.

Info: Free; 660-248-5246.


The GFWC Sorosis Club of Centralia will host the 43rd annual “Ringing of the Bells” ceremony. Janis Anderton, GFWC 4th district president, will give a speech entitled, “Let Freedom Ring.” Those in attendance should bring chairs or blankets and hand bells for the ceremony. The Centralia Boy Scout troop will also be collecting tattered, torn and faded U.S. Flags at the ceremony.

When: 10 a.m. Monday, July 4th.

Where: Centralia Square Park in Centralia.

Info: Free; call 682-3980.

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