When my colleague Andy showed me the press material he'd received about this year's fireworks dispaly in New York City, we were excited by the idea going to check out the pyrotechnicians setting up the launching barge in New York Harbor. Sadly, the logistics were such that our field trip would not come to pass.
This is as good a time as any to fully disclose that msnbc.com and msnbc are partly owned by NBC, and NBC is showing the fireworks on TV this year. So when Amy Kule, the executive producer of the 35th annual "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" came to 30 Rock to do an interview with the local NBC affiliate, three floors above the TRMS offices, I popped up to their green room for a quick chat.
Yes, the miserable camera work is my fault. My only excuse is that the quality of the camera handling is inversely proportional to the interestingness of the answers:
After the jump, a look at how they make those smiley face fireworks...