FORT WORTH — Fireworks with a decidedly Japanese flavor will explode over the Trinity River on July Fourth, the expert in charge of them said.This show has things Ive never seen, said Mike Wagner of Extreme Pyrotechnics. Fort Worths Fourth, sponsored by the Trinity River Vision Authority, will feature more than 3 tons of fireworks in a 28-minute show at Panther Island Pavilion.I clearly tell people, if you want to treat yourself and your kids to the largest and most impressive fireworks show in North Texas, this is the place to be and it will not blow up your wallet, said J.D. Granger, executive director of the authority.Granger said that most of the $150,000 fireworks show was donated by Fort Worths friends in Nagaoka, Japan, recognizing its 25th year of being sister cities with Fort Worth.The first 12 minutes will be Japanese-style fireworks, Wagner said. They put a lot of pride into making sure the symmetry is intact.Part of Nagaokas show uses 6-inch pattern shells which make two-dimensional pictures in the air set to Deep in the Heart of Texas, Wagner said. Another song in the Japanese show features 8-inch shells fired one every 3 to 3.5 seconds, Wagner said.Eight-inch is the biggest shell weve ever shot in Fort Worth, he said.The second part of the show features 16 minutes of Chinese fireworks, said Wagner, who goes to China to direct their production and assure their quality. He promised a Texas-style show.Its more of a rock and roll thing, a roller coaster with highs and lows, he said. We tend to think outside the box, and we have a manufacturer thats built some stuff for us that no other fireworks show has.The 2012 show featured a wall of fire that alarmed some folks so much that they called 911, Wagner said.Were guaranteed to get even more 911 calls, because weve got a bigger wall of fire this year, he said. People dont expect things like this and they think something went wrong. But its all planned, and youll be able to see it from anywhere in Fort Worth.However, the key to enjoying Fort Worths Fourth is to be close enough to hear the music synchronized to the fireworks, Wagner said.Its timed to one-100th of a second, he said. We have a choreographer whos been doing it for 35 years.
Terry Evans, 817-390-7620 Twitter: @fwstevans