On Saturday, Brisbane’s night sky will light up in a fireworks extravaganza, as part of Riverfire. On Thursday, army helicopters went through their paces, in low-level flybys across the city.
Madison Scott reports.
Preparations for Riverfire 2016 have begun with a buzz, as four choppers rehearsed on Thursday afternoon.
The army’s Tigers and Taipans made their way over from Oakey to the Brisbane River.
You can catch them on Saturday at 3:30pm and 5:30pm.
As Brisbane awaits the upcoming sky spectacular, behind the scenes work is firing.
From six months of groundwork on logistics to the actual construction, the 25-person crew at Foti Fireworks are nearing showtime.
And they don’t call them pyrotechnics for nothing, safety is a must.
On these six barges alone there’s 21,000 explosives and more than 13,000 metres of cable ready to go off with a bang this Saturday night.
It’s a mix of chemistry …
Fortunato Foti, Creative Director: “Making fireworks we probably use about 50 different chemicals just to make the different colours.”
And physics …
Fortunato Foti, Creative Director: “There’s what we would class as fire time, that allows the firework to reach it’s pinnacle before going off.”
It’s a passion that’s run in the Foti family for seven generations.
The shape, colour and size are all designed to a T, throwing in music to entertain.
Fortunato Foti, Creative Director: “It’s very labour-intensive, it’s something that’s passed down from generation to generation.”
Showtime is 7pm.
Madison Scott, QUT News.