Meet the Pyrotechnicians

Anthony BandaAnthony Banda

Age: 27.
How long training?: Banda has helped with the shooting for one other show. He needs five shoots, one as the lead shooter, to get licensed.
Why did you get involved?: “It’s a lot easier. In the past we were tying up a lot of the fire guys.”
Why should people go to the show?: “It keeps the community involved … It’s just a good atmosphere.”

Chad DillardChad Dillard

Age: 21.
How long training?: Since he joined the Wolfforth Volunteer Fire Department three years ago.
Why did you get involved?: “To just blow stuff up legally, I guess.”
Why should people go to the show?: “It’s a great atmosphere for families. It’s a great fireworks show.”

Chris GarzaChris Garza

Age: 18.
How long training?: Garza is a new volunteer for the event.
Why did you get involved?: “It’s just fun. This is our hometown, and so (you get) to know everybody in the fire department and make friends.”
Why should people go to the show?: “It’s just a fun activity, a family activity to celebrate our Independence Day.

Amanda KomarekAmanda Komarek

Age: 27.
How long training?: Komarek has been involved since the event began.
Why did you get involved?: “To blow stuff up. That’s why every pyrotechnician does what they do.”
Why should people go to the show?: “Because ours is better than Lubbock’s show. That’s why I think people should go.”

Steve KomarekSteve Komarek, supervisor

Age: 51.
Involvement: The original fireworks show was Komarek’s idea when he was president of the Wolfforth Volunteer Fire Department. He put up $500 for a show, which was matched by the fire department.
Volunteers lit class C fireworks, which are available at any fireworks stand. After some incidents with the class C fireworks, Dr. Charles Addington, the Wolfforth fire chief, wanted volunteers to become licensed for professional-grade, or class B, fireworks.
Komarek has been licensed for four years.
Why should people go to the show?: “We have people come from Lubbock because they don’t have to fight the hassle of the traffic at the Mackenzie Park show.”

Adrian RosalesAdrian Rosales

Age: 18.
How long training?: A couple of months.
Why did you get involved?: “It’s a great way to help out the community and pop fireworks.”
Why should people go to the show?: “It’ll probably be the best show we’ve had so far.”

Other pyrotechnicians

Chris Paul and Jordan Weaver.

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