(WBIR-Knoxville) Boomsday is coming back to the Henley Bridge.
For the past two years, Knoxville's huge Labor Day weekend fireworks celebration has been staged from a railroad bridge over the Tennessee River, because of construction on the Henley Bridge.
Now, after a lot of discussion between The City of Knoxville, TDOT, and Pyro Shows, they decided it would be possible to bring the fireworks back to their original launching point.
"Boomsday is one of Knoxville's signature events, and it is very important to continue to provide our community with a top-notch event year after year" said Kim Bumpas, President of Visit Knoxville. "We worked diligently with TDOT to determine the best location for the fireworks launch."
Like the past two years, the fireworks will be loaded in a staging area and transported to the launching area prior to the Festival.
"Launching from the Henley Bridge by using tractor trailer beds is similar to how we loaded and launched the show from railroad cars the past two years," said Mike Walden with Pyro Shows. "The 22-minute fireworks show is self-contained and will feature more than 20,000 shells in the fireworks display."
The Boomsday Festival takes place on Sunday, September 1 from 1:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. For more information on Boomsday 2013, call the festival hotline at (865) 342-9192 or visit www.boomsday.org.