Pyrotechnicians’ dream job

UP IN LIGHTS: Chris Solomou is a pyrotechnician. Picture: Cath BowenCHRIS SOLOMOU has always loved fireworks.

As a kid he picked potatoes to earn money which he saved up for cracker night.

He would buy enough crackers to last him a year and let them off in the backyard.

So it seems he is the right man for the job to choreograph Wednesday’s fireworks display set to light up the skies above Newcastle Harbour.

‘‘For a pyrotechnician, it is the dream job,’’ Mr Solomou said.

On Wednesday a team of eight will work for seven hours to wire the fireworks.

Come 9pm, another team of six will set off about 200kilograms of gunpowder, which will go off for 11 minutes.

The fireworks will be detonated from a secret location mid-harbour and the best vantage point will be the Honeysuckle precinct.

The display will feature Mr Solomou’s favourite cracker – the titanium brocade with mines, which sends a shot of colour into the sky then explodes into bursts.

Mr Solomou said the plan was to ‘‘start hard’’ and then move into sets of purple and gold.

The finale will feature a spectacular multicoloured display.