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Steamboat Living: Quick Hits – Bordens plan super-sized fireworks for Winter Carnival

Passing the torch

Billy Petersen and Karl Fredell have helped Tim and Scott Borden put on the Fourth of July fireworks show for years. So when the Bordens wanted to move to the background and have someone else run the show, the two instantly applied.

“There are a lot of volunteers behind the scenes, but we’re really lucky,” Petersen says. “We get to legally and responsibly play with fireworks.”

Although the Bordens still will supply the fireworks, Petersen and Fredell will run the show. “It’s a great opportunity to get into a unique niche,” adds Fredell, who recently got his Display Fireworks Operators License, which involved studying rules, regulations and safety, and passing a 75-question test.

And Tim Borden is pleased with the new fuse-lighters. “They take pride in the show,” he says. “The crowd won’t see any difference.”

To volunteer to help with the show, email skipetersen@gmail… or kfredell@steamboa… or call 970-846-5374. 

"Steamboat should have the claim of firing the largest shell in America this winter." — Connecticut pyrotechnician Jim WidmannScott Franz