Finale Revealed for Space Needle New Year’s Eve Fireworks
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Security is tight across much of the country this New Year's Eve. Seattle Police say they do expect to be very busy, though they have "no upgraded security threat level" and "have no concerns about unplanned events." The department did tell KOMO News that many officers will be working on their days off and that they will be working on large events in the city, plus traffic concerns and looking for impaired drivers.
In advance of the evening festivities and midnight celebration, KOMO took a tour of the preparations at the Space Needle, to give you a sneak peak at the new fireworks show for this year.
For the first time, they'll be shooting fireworks off the very top of the needle, where all this month, we've been enjoying the lit tree.
"This year we're shooting literally from 84 different locations on the space needle. And it's technically pretty challenging for us each year," said Ian Gilfillan, Executive Vice President of Pyro Spectaculars. They've been putting this show on for more than 20 years now.
It took a full crew of 12 strong guys, to move it all in place. One by one, they hoisted blocks of wood, filled with pyro-technic tubes up narrow ladders to the top of the needle.
Of course, the planning for this fireworks extravaganza started months ago, with the bed of music that will be used.
The show is completely choreographed to music chosen by KEXP, starting at 11:59.
"The opening sequence is kind of a space, NASA kind of countdown sequence," said Gilfillan.
And with the stroke of midnight, he said the music lets lose for 7 solid minutes of spectacular pyrotechnics, the grand finale; a local tune from a familiar name. Gilfillan revealed the final tune will be 'Downtown' from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
Seattle’s Space Needle wrapped in fireworks for a New Year’s blast
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SEATTLE (AP) — A fireworks crew worked in near-freezing temperatures under a blue sky Tuesday setting pyrotechnics on the Space Needle for the New Year's Eve show at the Seattle Center.
T-Mobile is sponsoring the eight-minute midnight show set to music.
New Year's Eve parties are being held at the observation deck and the SkyCity restaurant on the 605-foot landmark of the 1962 World's Fair.
Organizers expect 20,000 people will ring in the new year on the Seattle Center grounds with 400,000 more watching the fireworks from surrounding neighborhoods and another half-million tuning in from home.
2013 New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show — At the Seattle Space Needle
Out with 2012 and in with 2013!
The good people over at http://king5.com put together a fantastic video of the fireworks show on New Year's Eve at the Seattle Space Needle. If you get a moment, definitely check it out.
The playlist for the show included:
Modest Mouse - The World at Large
Queensryche - Silent Lucidity
Elvis Presley - Burning Love
Brandi Carlile - The Story
U2-Bone & Mary J. Blige - One
Dave Matthews - Ants Marching
Beethoven Symphony #9 - Ode to Joy Remix (Gerald Schwarz - Seattle Symphony Orchestra)
Video of the 2012 New Year's Eve Fireworks Show at the Seattle Space Needle
Up to 20,000 expected to attend Space Needle fireworks show for New Year
John Hopperstad - Q13 FOX News reporter
7:24 p.m. PST, December 30, 2011
Workers with the firm Pyro Spectaculars spent Friday attaching fireworks to various parts of the Needle.Alberto Navarro of Pyro Spectaculars said when he first saw the Space Needle, he envisioned a platform for his fireworks. “I say, ‘We'll have to do something there for the people of Seattle.’”
Space Needle New Year’s Eve show an 8-minute blast
By Susan Gilmore
Seattle Times staff reporter
When fireworks blast off the Space Needle at 11:59 Friday night, it culminates weeks of work by Seattle's fireworks guru, Ian Gilfillan and his Pyro Spectaculars.
"It's the most-unique structure we do. Everything's unusual," said Gilfillan, standing atop the Space Needle on Thursday while his dozen workers installed the fireworks that will blaze across the sky. "The structure is world-recognized, and safety is a factor working on a structure like this."
And the weather? He glanced up at the clear sky. Couldn't be better.