Firefighter the man behind One Summit Square fireworks

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A Fort Wayne firefighter has been playing with fire since he was 10 years old.

Fireworks, that is.

For the last 24 years, Matthew Loraine been setting off fireworks around Fort Wayne, including on the 4th of July.

Loraine is the owner of Melrose Pyrotechnics. For years, he and his crew have set off fireworks on top of the One Summit Square building in downtown Fort Wayne. They were setting up equipment on top of the building Thursday. They’re prepared to put in long hours on Friday for the holiday.

“Everyone will be here at 9 o’clock in the morning and we’ll work all day, probably until two in the morning,” he said.

Crew members meet in the Summit Square basement, loading the equipment from the loading dock. From there, they take the equipment that the fireworks will be put in up the elevator to the 26th floor. The crew then goes through the Indiana Michigan Power’s office to use stairs to bring the items to the top of the roof. They then put all the equipment in place. All of the firework will arrive on Friday.

Loraine said after the grand finale, he can hear the cheers throughout the city.

“Up here on the roof, when it rises up after the finale, it’s the most awesome sound,” he said. “You feel it floating up on you.”

On Friday, Loraine has several other firework events he’ll be setting up across the city.

The show will start at 10:15 p.m. Friday, depending on when the TinCaps game ends. If the game ends after 10:15 Friday night, the fireworks show will go off after that. The show should last 24 minutes.

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