One Year After Disaster, Cal Expo Fireworks Show Goes Off With a Bang

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SACRAMENTO -- A signature salute to America the beautiful lit up the Sacramento sky over Cal Expo on the Fourth of July.

And this year, the thousands who crowded into the facility to enjoy the biggest professional pyrotechnics display the area has to offer got to focus on the beauty.

"It's my first time. It's really exciting," said Lara Maddox of Carmichael, who had silver, blue and red tinsel intertwined with her grey pony-tailed hair.

Last year, the fireworks became frightening after exploding erroneously toward the grandstands. That situation shut down a show people wait 365 days for in just eight minutes.

Luckily none of the 25,000 folks on hand had anything more than hurt feelings. Investigations from three different agencies could only list the cause as inconclusive.

So after last year's mishap, why did Kassi Monson of Vacaville want to come out to the show?

"It just makes the kids light up. My little brother just 'oooos' and 'ahhhhs' about it," she said.

According to 6-year-old Ian Monson, the best thing about fireworks is that lights "turns into diamonds." And little Julian Robinson of Antelope said he's most impressed by the bright lights that turn green.

J and M Displays, the same vendor as last year, was responsible for Monday night's show. Luckily, no problems were reported this year.

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