I love fireworks!
They are awesome!
And they go "BOOM."
Even after thousands of years, fireworks still captivate, amaze, and terrify spectators around the globe. Fireworks date back to ancient China before the invention of gunpowder. Over the centuries, the desire for bigger and better explosions has fueled much experimentation.
Fireworks made their way to Europe when Italian explorer, Marko Polo, brought them from the Orient in 1292. During the Renaissance in Europe, the Italians developed fireworks displays into a true art form. And when they came to America, they brought their fireworks with them.
在義大利探險家－－馬可波羅－－於 1292 年將它們從東方帶回時，煙火得以前進到歐洲。在歐洲文藝復興期間，義大利人將煙火秀發展成一種真正的藝術形式。而當他們來到美國時，他們帶著他們的煙火一起。
One such man was Vincenzo Sorgi, who came to America in 1899. In 1902, he started the American Fireworks company. Today, the Sorgi family continues his legacy, bringing smiles to another generation of Americans. Eric Stewart is the company's lead technician.
這樣的一個人是 Vincenzo Sorgi，他在1899 年來到美國。在1902 年，他創立了美國煙火公司。如今，Sorgi 家族延續他的留下的產業，將歡笑帶給另一代的美國人民。Eric Stewart 是公司的首席技師。
That is uh... Right now, I have the crew, basically running the guns out to build the show.
On this day, his crew is hard at work in the town of Colonial Beach, Virginia. The set-up for a spectacular fireworks display not only takes muscle but teamwork. After all, these pyrotechnicians are handling explosives, and enjoying every bit of it.
At first, of course you get the jitters, but then that all works out. And now, it's show time.
Eric said that in his 10-plus years of experience with pyrotechnics, fireworks displays choreographed with music are hands down the favorite with Americans. While pyrotechnic crews will at times still light the shells by hand, most of them are ignited electronically, which makes them safer. Like the Colonial Beach show, it's all done by switch panel.
What makes a perfect show would be when the show goes off flawlessly, and the crowd goes crazy at the very end of the show.
Today, we celebrate our country's independence, and we'll end our celebration with this spectacular fireworks display, just as those early patriots did over 200 years ago.
- 「起源於」- Date Back To
Fireworks date back to ancient China before the invention of gunpowder.
- 「前進、發跡」- Make One's Way
Fireworks made their way to Europe when Italian explorer, Marko Polo, brought them from the Orient in 1292.
在義大利探險家－－馬可波羅－－於 1292 年將它們從東方帶回時，煙火得以前進到歐洲。
- 「毫無疑問、明顯地」- Hands Down
...fireworks displays choreographed with music are hands down the favorite with Americans.