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6/3/07-Longview

Fireworks Display To Be Biggest In East Texas History

Forty-thousand dollars and more than 4,000 shells is what Tuesday night's firework display in Longview boasts. Organizers say it's going to the biggest in East Texas and they also want it to prove a new nickname--Longview as the "fireworks capital of Texas."

A Texas-sized celebration it will be, with more than 1,000 firework shells going off in the grand finale alone.

"That's the largest that's ever been in Longview's history," said Margo Talley.

Talley is with the League of Business Owners, or LOBO.  They're the nonprofit organization that has put on the display for the past three years, raising $35,000 this year.

"To have a firework display of that magnitude, free to the public, it just says a lot of about the type of people in our community," said Mayor Jay Dean.

Crews have been working around the clock getting the more than 4,000 shells prepped for Tuesday night.

"It's a two-day process for the company to get all the shells loaded, the barrels loaded and get ready for the show this evening," said Talley.

But Talley said the hard work will pay off because a Texas-sized display might just make Longview the Texas stop for fireworks. 

"We've got people all over East Texas coming, we've even had calls from Shreveport and Dallas area where people are coming in, driving in today," Talley explained.

So come on out, bring the family and have yourself a picnic or just to look to the sky.

'There's a spot all over Longview that's going to be seeing this."

You won't want to miss this Texas-sized, East Texas take on the Fourth of July.

Organizers say even if it rains Tuesday night, the show will go on unless there is lightning and a heavy downpour. If that's the case, Longview's firework display will be rescheduled for Wednesday, 8:30pm at the Longview Fairgrounds

Tracy Watler/Reporting: tracy@kltv.com

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