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Fireworks explode above Elver Park

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MADISON (WKOW) – Thousands of fireworks exploded above Elver Park Tuesday evening.

More than 1,000 fireworks were just for the finale, according to Bartolotta Fireworks, which produced the show. The pyrotechnics company introduced brand new shapes this year, including spirals and peace signs, and also set up the finale in three different areas to expand the show's viewing area.

"[You can see the fireworks from] the park and beyond, being that we're on a hill. And now spreading out the finale, it'll give a wider viewing angle and will give everyone a better view whether they're at home or in the park itself," Rocco Bartolotta said.

It took about eight hours to set up the fireworks, and thousands of people showed up to Elver Park to view the display, which lasted nearly 30 minutes.

Madison Parks officials say this year's turnout was much higher than last year, likely because of the hot and dry times during last year's drought.

"Last year it was so hot. Everybody was out here sweating. Usually we have a pretty large crowd in the part ahead of time. Last year pretty much people walked in right as the show started, when it was cooler at night, so they could avoid being hot and uncomfortable," said Anne Whisner, recreation services coordinator for Madison Parks.

This year's cooler temperatures also helped vendors, who say their business went down about 30 percent last year as compared to previous years.

"Because of the drought last year, there is a shortage on the actual corn itself. They had to go overseas to get some of the corn so you can use it for kettle corn," said Shawn Dugan, of Buckhorn Kettlekorn.

This year, Dugan says the corn they're popping is American grown – just in time for Independence Day.

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