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Thursday's Fireworks on the James Display Rescheduled

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The Fireworks on the James display originally planned for Thursday has been moved to Saturday, due to possible inclement weather stemming from Tropical Storm Arthur.

The event will kick off on July 5th on Browns Island, complete with food vendors starting at 6 p.m. The fireworks display will  begin between 9 and 9:30 p.m.

Event organizers say that due to the rapid rescheduling, there will no longer be live performances.

8News was able to get a behind-the-scenes look of the show's set-up on Belle Isle.

Renowned company "Fireworks by Grucci" puts on a world-class show in Richmond every year. About a dozen workers arrived at Belle Isle three days before the show in order to set up. "We started Monday morning here at 7 o'clock and we'll be here at 7 o'clock every day through show day," said Doug Zastrow, chief technician for Grucci.

Zastrow and his team had to construct two separate sites on the island which will serve as the launching pad for nearly 3,000 glittering lights. On show day, pyro-technicians will be responsible for six firing systems that will be connected to an electrical board that triggers the fireworks.

At an event this big timing is critical to the success of the show because the fireworks are set music and there more than 700 firing cues. One misfire could throw off the entire show. "There's been research done that shows different colors evoke different emotions. One of the things that we'll do with a very upbeat, intense number is we'll use lots of reds or golds that break rapidly in the sky," Zastrow said.

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Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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