CHRIS Corbee gets ready to light up the sky at Jack Evans Boat Harbour.
CHRIS Corbee gets ready to light up the sky at Jack Evans Boat Harbour.

Fireworks sure to be a real blast

By Ed Southorn

Take it from Chris Corbee, tonight at Jack Evans Boat Harbour will be a blast.

Chris should know - he is staging the New Year's Eve free fireworks display.

And he has promised a best-ever show for the massive crowd which traditionally gathers first in Tweed Heads to count down the New Year in NSW on daylight savings time, and then walks across to Coolangatta for beachside fireworks an hour later in Queensland.

Chris's Tweed Heads fireworks show will be the biggest he is staging on the Gold Coast and the Tweed tonight Spectrum is also letting off fireworks at Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Palm Beach and at the Salt township.

At the Jack Evans Boat Harbour, more than 3000 aerial shells will be fired from a barge on the water for 15 minutes from midnight.

The Salt fireworks also go off from midnight.

Chris's Brisbane-based company - winner of the past three Tweed Fireworks Challenge events held at the boat harbour each May - will detonate more than 10 tonnes of fireworks at their five Gold Coast and Tweed locations tonight.

One quarter of Chris's total fireworks tonnage will be exploded in the sky at Tweed Heads.

Each paper-wrapped fireworks shell is computer-shot from a gunpowder-filled PVC tube, travelling at 330kmh with a lit fuse until it reaches 130 metres into the sky, where it explodes.

The shells contain combustible powdered chemical balls rolled in coloured layers.

Each colour in the sky is made by a different chemical - manganese powder leaves a white explosive trail, copper makes green and iron makes gold.

Chris, 39, a fireworks expert for more than a decade and whose company imports ready-made fireworks from China and Japan, still gets a thrill watching his explosions go off.

"Before they banned fireworks over the counter in Queensland in 1972, I was always the kid with the biggest fireworks display in our street."



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