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.’”
That was 18 years ago.
Every year since, his crews spend the end of December strapped to the Needle, setting up the fireworks show that will ring in the New Year. The crew of 12 loads boxes full of the fireworks onto 30 different locations on the Needle, including on the very top saucer-shaped section.
Those with a fear of heights need not apply.
On Friday, winds were blowing at about 30mph on top of the Needle.
“That’s the unique challenge really,” worker Ian Gilfillan said. “I mean, we do fireworks all over the world, and there’s nothing more unique than this though, this is a special challenge.”
Workers wear harnesses and they take it slow and easy. Once they’re locked and loaded, Navarro said the weather can’t stop the show from going on.
“If there is wind, everything moves, but the show should go on because it’s a very safe installation, and the products are the best products available,” Navarro said.
This year’s fireworks theme is space exploration, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Space Needle.