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Butte’s July 3rd fireworks display will be bigger thanks to donation

Posted at 3:38 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 18:22:21-04

BUTTE – Butte is known for its big fireworks display.

“The show is definitely the biggest one we put on,” said Slater Henkel of Big Sky Fireworks.

But, this year, Butte’s Fourth of July fireworks show – always held on July 3 – will be even bigger. Town Pump, which sponsors the event, has donated more money for more fireworks.

“We’re just so fortunate that we’ve been blessed being here in Butte, Montana, and the support of our neighbors and our customers, that it was just a way for us to continue to give back to the community,” said Bill McGladdery of Town Pump.

And they will give back with more explosions.

“We’ve added more shells, about 270 more shells to the show, bringing it up to over 1,230 shells during the show and 700 shells during the finale,” said McGladdery.

Helena-based Big Sky Fireworks is already preparing for the Butte display which they say will be more dynamic this year.

“Shells that go off at different altitudes and then some of the tubes are angled to sort of spread the show out on a horizontal level,” said Henkel.

There’s a lot of cannons and firepower up on Big Butte, and the crew actually got an early start setting up this display because this year it’s going to be bigger than ever.

“We have a few more special effects other than just airbursts that we’re going to add in. Especially pay attention towards the finale; we’re going to have a few surprises for you guys,” said Henkel.

More bang for the buck. The display begins at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday on the loft at Big Butte.

Reporting by John Emeigh for MTN News