Fireworks dazzle crowd as Columbus celebrates the 4th

Columbus became a literal boomtown late Wednesday behind the creativity of local rocketman David Maschino, representing Iowa-based J&M Displays Inc.

He lit the fuse for the anniversary extravaganza billed as Columbus Regional Health and Cummins Present QMIX Musical Fireworks 30: “Traditions of Freedom” at the Columbus Municipal Airport.

Greensburg resident Ray Bebout explained why he and his family huddled under umbrellas amid a thunderstorm three hours earlier near the family festivities and food booths on the grounds of Ivy Tech Community College.

Could he be considered somewhat kaboom crazy?

“Oh, I’m a pyromaniac,” he said with a chuckle.

There was plenty of fire in the sky, to say nothing of rocketing rainbows, for the 23-minute show synchronized to pop-rock music clips compiled by Brittany Gray, operations manager and morning host for QMIX 107.3 FM radio, and Dave Wineland, QMIX production director.

Thomas Sheckles, 7, wears American flags on his head during the annual QMIX musical fireworks celebration in Columbus, Ind., Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Mike Wolanin | The Republic
Thomas Sheckles, 7, wears American flags on his head during the annual QMIX musical fireworks celebration in Columbus, Ind., Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Mike Wolanin | The Republic
People gather in front of Willow Crossing for the annual QMIX musical fireworks celebration in Columbus, Ind., Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Mike Wolanin | The Republic
People gather in front of Willow Crossing for the annual QMIX musical fireworks celebration in Columbus, Ind., Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Mike Wolanin | The Republic

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