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Bootfest fireworks to be shot from One O'Connor Plaza's roof

Camille Doty

By Camille Doty
Oct. 20, 2011 at 5:20 a.m.
Updated Oct. 21, 2011 at 5:21 a.m.

Austin ProFx's fireworks explode at the University of Texas commencement.

Most people would say fireworks are a beautiful sight to behold. And with Joe Walker's custom-made fireworks, the crowd at Bootfest will have a chance to see them dance over the top of One O'Connor Plaza. Walker said his sparkling spectaculars will explode to the tempo of the soundtrack's beat.

"The music has been flavored to go with the attitude of Bootfest," Walker said.

The 12-minute show will include songs from Carrie Underwood, Black Eyed Peas, and Big & Rich.

The two-stepping extravaganza will take place, Saturday evening, shortly after Josh Abbott's performance. Almost anyone with a view of the One O'Connor Plaza building should be able to see the show.

Festival attendees will be able to hear the music through the concert stage sound system. Long distance spectators can listen to the tunes through the 107.9 KIXS radio simulcast.

Walker owns Austin ProFx Inc. with his wife, Vickie Walker. He said that he will use 1.4G, or consumer fireworks, which can be used in close proximity to the audience.

Display fireworks, or 1.3G, need to be used at a farther distance to provide a safe fallout zone for debris.

Walker's fireworks of choice come in a small canister, and the 1.3G is a round ball with a thick shell, almost like a coconut.

"It's a different animal," he said.

Austin ProFx Inc. has done shows for the Summer Olympics in Beijing, the Houston Astros and University of Texas commencements.

Casey Staudt, of the Victoria Convention and Visitors Bureau, said Walker's presentation will give a boost to the Bootfest.

"I think it's going to help make the festival a signature event for Victoria," she said.

City officials, such as, O.C. Garza, said the extremely dry conditions should not raise additional concerns for the presentation.

Garza, the Victoria's director of communications, said the fire response team has been a part of the planning process since the beginning. Garza also said Goodwin Avenue will be blocked off between Bridge and Main Streets as a precautionary measure.

Walker said in his 19 years of business, he's never had an accident because safety is a top priority for him. Making people happy, he said, yields its own rewards.

"We have as much fun doing it, as people enjoy watching it," he said.



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