Holts Summit Starts Fireworks Tradition
"I've already went through about 3-4 bottles of water," he admitted. "And if you took a countdown here, we probably went through a case of water. It's hot and it's a lot of work."
Gibson is the man behind the magic at Holts Summit's first community-wide fireworks.
"It needs to be an annual thing. We're definitely doing something next year," he promised. "If I have to go buy sparklers and do sparklers, we're doing something here."
The audience watched the display from behind a yellow line, 450 feet from the launching site.
"They're very careful about how they set off the fireworks," said Police Chief Victor Pitman. "But, if there was an accident, hopefully that distance will ensure that nobody will get hurt."
The largest fireworks was six inches in diameter, but friends knew Gibson could handle it.
"He's been at it awhile," said Tim Weis, a member of the fireworks crew. "So, he's got all the good credentials."
Gibson set off all 487 fireworks Monday night, sparking a great tradition for Holts Summit.