Brad Dezotell, president of Firework Spectacular, shows stands near by the launch site of the City of Edmonton’s Canada Day firework display.
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Edmonton is ready to celebrate Canada’s birthday with a bang!Official celebrations will be taking place throughout the city with Alberta’s capital capping off celebrations with what an organizer is calling “the largest traditional fireworks display in western Canada.”“Edmonton is blessed with one of the largest traditional fireworks shows in the country,” Brad Dezotell, president of Fireworks Spectacular and the man tasked with setting up the City of Edmonton’s fireworks display. “It’s a very large traditional fireworks show, that means there’s no music to it, it’s just set to the fireworks themselves.”The fireworks show, made up of 1,000’s of different effects, will be launched near Kinsmen Park in the river valley next to the High Level bridge. The show can be viewed from the legislature grounds, Victoria Park, Government House Park, Ezio Faraone Park and Dantzer’s Hill, a city news release said.Dezotell said the legislature grounds and River Valley Road would be the top viewing locations to watch the close to 15 minute display.“The show is built in several tableau’s, or sections of show. So you’ll see them in smaller 20 second to 30 second sections that all feel and look the same and we stack several of those together to create the show,” said Dezotell.The display will begin at 11 p.m.Canada Day festivities celebrating the country’s diversity in Mill Woods will finish with their own fireworks show around the same time.There will be a number of road closures before, during and after the shows, including the High Level Bridge. The city warned motorists of delays getting to and from viewing areas.Edmonton police and Edmonton Fire will be on hand during celebrations making sure everyone is safe. Dwayne Pringle, assistant fire marshal, said Edmontonians are able to break open their own fireworks as long as they follow city regulations and have the required permits to do so.“What I’m watching for is to make sure everybody has a safe and fun weekend,” said Pringle. “Basically that where the fireworks are setup that there’s proper landing areas for them. If anybody has fireworks that they’re going to set off in their own yard that they have a minimum of 10 metres in a circumference.”Pringle said failing to follow the rules could result in up to $500 in fines.Both EPS and Edmonton fire emphasized the celebrations are a family event and asked everyone to enjoy them responsibly.A full list of Canada Day celebrations can be found on the city’s email@example.com