Rawlins Fire Department firefighter Paul Hardy pulls out a firework on Friday morning. The 5-inch in diameter shell is one of many set to explode over Rawlins’ skyline for Independence Day next Saturday. Hardy says it takes firefighters about seven hours to prepare fireworks like these before the big show occurs.

RAWLINS – With an estimated 900 aerial shells and multi-item cakes, with mortar sizes ranging between 3-6 inches, the city of Rawlins gets set to detonate what could possibly turn out to be a monumental display of fireworks next Saturday, at 10 p.m.

With the city council’s unanimous approval two weeks ago of a permit allowing an annual Fourth of July fireworks display, local firefighters intend to ignite $16,000 worth of pyrotechnics from an empty field just east of Outlaw Stadium, said Rawlins Fire Chief John Rutherford.

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