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Big, Bang, Boom draws thousands ahead of massive fireworks display

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Northeast Nebraska's largest family picnic is happening today in Norfolk all culminating in one of the largest fireworks displays in the state.

The 38th Annual Big Bang Boom took place Saturday, at Norfolk's Sky View lake. Thousands of families came to the lake today to enjoy food, games, fun and more.

New this year to Big Bang Boom were helicopter rides and The Famous Idaho Potato Truck, featuring a giant 75 foot Idaho potato. The day also included an inflatable midway, snow cones and other carnival type activities with a patriotic flair.

Recent additions to the park are not the only thing new about Big Bang Boom. Organizers say technological advancements have allowed for an easier and more precise fireworks firing system than ever before.

"We've seen a number of fireworks firing systems throughout those 38 years from hand fired up to a complete digital system where it's one button. One button, push it and let the whole show just develop as it goes," said Don Wisnieski, a Big Bang Boom organizer.

Saturday's fireworks display will include more than 8,000 shells and will last about 26 minutes, and what organizers say is their best musical score ever.  Estimated start time is 10 p.m. at Sky View lake in Norfolk.

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