Friday, April 17, 2009

Down Thunder Road

It's that time of year again. Other than the Derby, this weekend is probably one of the most anticipated weekends in our fair city. This will be the 20th year of Thunder. Tomorrow, hordes of people will descend upon downtown, hoping to get the best seat for the air show and fireworks display that is Thunder over Louisville. The air show begins at 3 p.m. and the fireworks start at 9:30. However, fireworks doesn't really seem to do the event justice. The 28 minute show requires 8 tractor trailers filled with almost 52 tons (52,215) fireworks shells. There are 250 tons of launching tubes, 2 million pounds of sand, around 700 miles of cable included in the package. They will close Clark Memorial Bridge until Thunder is over (it's a part of the fireworks) and parts of I-65, I-64 and I71 will be closed to traffic to keep people from "fireworks gazing."

Here's a sample of last year (and yes, this makes me cry too. I don't know why.)