Port Townsend: Aldrich responsible for aerial fireworks display

PORT TOWNSEND — If you stood gazing at the whizzing, booming, crashing and flashing fireworks along the waterfront Wednesday, you have Dave Aldrich to thank for the show.

A Port Townsend pyrotechnist, Aldrich organized the 35-minute aerial display, launched from a barge 600-hundred feet off Indian Point.

Aldrich and four assistants set off more than 320 mortars and four “free-fuse” boxes from the barge.

Aldrich, wearing safety goggles and earplugs, was right where he wanted to be — ground zero.

“I like just getting to be out there, to be right under everything,” said Aldrich, who was licensed as a pyrotechnist last winter. “It makes you flinch every time they go off.”

Details appear in today’s Jefferson County edition of the Peninsula Daily News, now on sale. Or click onto “Subscribe” to get your copy delivered to your home or office.

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