PORTLAND entered the New Year with a bang – with lots of them, in fact.
Thanks to the construction of the new 70-berth marina, the fireworks team at Southern Star Fireworks could create the biggest pyrotechnics display ever seen in Portland.
Company director Kelvin Rogers used the biggest fireworks imported into Australia, containing 1.2 kilograms of explosives each, packed into plastic mortars six inches in diameter and firing 700 feet into the air.
Twelve of these gigantic explosives were used to fill the Portland night sky, bringing the 10pm and midnight fireworks displays to stunning climaxes.
Mr Rogers said the new marina allowed for larger explosives to be used because they could be set a greater distance away from the public.
“We barely have 90 metres (distance) here and with these bigger fireworks we need in excess of 100 metres and the new marina allows that to happen,” Mr Rogers said.
“We’ve done these as a bit of donation to the shire this year, because the marina’s in and we can do them, we wanted to show people what they look like.”
Read more in Wednesday’s Portland Observer