12 behind-the-scenes photos of the Celebration of Light fireworks barge

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Optimal weather conditions are expected for tonight’s second Celebration of Light fireworks show at English Bay, with no chance of rain and evening temperatures hovering at the 20°C mark.

Team Brazil, represented by fireworks producers Group Vision Show, will be responsible for tonight’s fireworks choreography and design. Organizers are promising an epic, Olympic-themed display to summon memories of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and celebrate the countdown to the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Summer Olympics.

Approximately 4,000 fireworks will be used to realize the vision, including 3,000 shells, 300 cake fireworks, 380 one shots and a number of other effects.

About $150,000 in fireworks are exploded over the waters of English Bay for each show. All fireworks for this year’s shows are shipped from China six weeks before the festival begins.

Image: Dan Rickard / submitted

SEE ALSO: 25 photos and videos of China's Celebration of Light fireworks

Local event production company Brand Live is responsible for organizing and delivering the annual festival, but the fireworks installations are outsourced to Quebec-based Sirius Pyrotechnics, which pays the competing teams to represent their respective countries. Sirius has a team of 20 people working on the Seaspan-donated fireworks barge in English Bay to get the designs by the competing teams into the sand.

China’s Jiangxi Province Lidu Fireworks Corporation delivered this year’s first show on Saturday, July 25 and Canada’s Archangel Fireworks will close the festival this coming Saturday, August 1.

All fireworks shows begin at 10 p.m., rain or shine. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early to find a good viewing area and enjoy pre-fireworks festivities such as the Shore Fest free concerts on the beach as well as aerial stunt shows and water-based performances.

Approximately 250,000 people are expected to watch tonight’s fireworks from the beaches and parks around English Bay. 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Celebration of Light, formerly known as the Symphony of Fire.

Image: Clayton Perry

SEE ALSO: 9 places to watch the Honda Celebration of Light Vancouver fireworks

Aerial footage of the Celebration of Light fireworks bargeHere’s a video tour of the massive #CelebrationOfLight fireworks barge in #EnglishBay! About 4,000 fireworks are launched for each show.Video by: AntiSocial Solutions https://instagram.com/antisocialsolutions

Posted by Vancity Buzz on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

View of the Celebration of Light barge and the fireworks tubes embedded in protective sand.

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The large calibre shells for Brazil’s fireworks show.

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During every show, a small team will be positioned inside a protective lumber shed, located on a far end of the barge, with one-inch-thick plexiglass windows.

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Image: Kenneth Chan / Vancity Buzz

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Image: Kenneth Chan / Vancity Buzz

Fireworks are launched automatically by a computer with the push of a button, which sends electric pulses to fuses which lights up the fireworks.

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The exterior of the Celebration of Light barge.

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