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What it's like to be one of America's top fireworks designers


Jim Souza has blown a lot of things up in his day.

He's the patriarch and chief show designer of the five-generation Souza family business, Pyro Spectaculars. First founded by his immigrant grandparents, the company is now known for putting on some of the biggest fireworks displays in the world. This Fourth of July, Pyro Spectaculars will put on over 400 separate events in one evening.

Amid his frantic setup on the Hudson River while prepping for the yearly New York City celebration, Souza spent a few minutes talking with us about how his company creates wonder.