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Workers prepare for fireworks show in extreme heat

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ROCHESTER (KTTC) -- The heat did not stop thousands of people from catching the annual fireworks show by Silver Lake.

J&M Displays says this is the biggest show yet in Rochester.

J&M Displays workers were outside in the heat from 8 a.m. until well after midnight on July 4.

"The heat? It's horrible," said Linda Edd, with J&M Displays.

Another worker, Jay King, went on to say, "Every year this is the longest part of the day... getting the show wired up."

This is King's 20th year on the show.

"Hot hot hot. It's just the hottest I can ever remember," King said.

The finale itself has 800 shells that range from 3 inches to 5 inches.

"It's a different show. We're doing lots of shells but we're also trying some new things. So they'll be different things for people in the park to see and different things for people who are watching all around the city," Edd said.

This show has been in the works since January.

"Oh we're just fireworks junkies. You have to be to do this, to be out here and the trade off is you get the bugs and stuff in the evening but it's worth it," Edd said.

Firefighters did open three fire hydrants on 7th Street NE to help keep people hydrated.

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