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Fireworks Safety at the Iowa City Jazz Fest

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- For Jason Whitlock and J&M displays, working in the hot sun is worth it, to achieve an even hotter show.
 
"We do like to do a big finale and leave the crowd with something special," Whitlock said.
 
The last thing they want is an ending like last night's in Simi Valley ,California, where a platform malfunction injured 28 people. Or last year's incident in San Diego, where a computer glitch ended the show in just 30 seconds.
 
J and M displays has been doing this for 32 years, 20 here in Iowa City, and in those 20 years in Iowa City they've never had an accident.

It's something they hope to continue.
 
"We're always cognizant of what's going on around us," Whitlock said.
 
They say they do things differently. Unlike the Simi incident, the fireworks won't shoot from platforms.
 
"When we heard that, our eyebrows were raised because we never do that, w always have ground to shoot on or sand," Whitlock said.
 
Their fireworks aren't triggered by computers, but instead with the flip of a switch.
 
"Shoot a shell, boom it goes up, when you hear it break you shoot the next one," Whitlock said.
 
If the unthinkable were to happen, the close coordination with the Iowa City Fire Department will also make a difference.
 
"Make sure the site is set up according to the site plan and everything is secure and ready to go," said Fire Marshal John Grier.
 
Help won't be far away, either.
 
"There's a number of law enforcement in the area, so if something were to go wrong, we'd have a quick response," Grief said.
 
J and M prides themselves on intense shows, so if things look a little too spectacular, they say don't worry, you're safe
 
"Just when you thank something is going wrong, that's when its going perfect," Whitlock said.
 
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