DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Reunion Tower in downtown Dallas is getting ready for its New Year’s Eve show, and it involves about 15,000 pounds of fireworks.
The first of those fireworks were delivered to the tower Thursday morning and will be installed in time for next week’s festivities.
The now-annual celebration has becomes one of the largest fireworks shows in the central United States.
“This year, we have a new name. It’s called ‘Over The Top’ because we don’t do anything less than that,” said Dusti Groskreutz, president of Reunion Tower.
Workers will spend the next five days getting everything in place for the show next week.
“From the top to the bottom, it’s all distributed evenly throughout the tower to make a great show. When you are watching the show, make sure you can see the entire tower and not just the top. Don’t just look for the ball on top, you want to see the whole tower,” said Matt Peterson with Melrose Pyrotechnics.
On Thursday, those crews will also start putting up about 4,000 pyrotechnic effects around the tower.
The president of Reunion Tower said each second of the ten minute show takes about four hours of planning.
“We started planning [for this year’s show] on January 2,” said Groskreutz. “It’s over a thousand hours to build everything offsite. It takes over 250 hours just to waterproof. And with this weather, we certainly need that waterproofing out there.”
Organizers at the tower said this year’s show will be a full 10 minutes, which is longer than last year’s.