Fireworks at Kenan Stadium were revived Wednesday night with a bang.
Throughout the night, Mike Ballard, a Charlotte resident and fireworks technician, worked on the field to prepare the finale fireworks lineup.
“Here we have 160 shots that will go up within a matter of five seconds,” he said.
Last year, the fireworks show did not take place due to town budget restraints.
Ballard, who has been in the fireworks business for 18 years and who has worked in more than 300 shows, said the preparations for Chapel Hill’s celebration are one of the most thorough.
“There’s great planning,” he said. “It’s one of the best-produced shows (I work in). There’s such a community effort on the part of the people here to put it together.”
Ballard stood at the edge of the field as Jessica Carter sang the National Anthem, prepared to light the fireworks’ fuses.
Ron Stutts took over the microphone after the Franklin Street Band performed, “I Will Survive,” to announce the beginning of the pyrotechnics.
The fireworks themselves were set off around 9:35 p.m. to the tune of Bruce Springsteen’s, “Born in the USA,” and lasted about twenty minutes.