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A three-part series examining the pyrotechnics business. Included: Hollywood special-effects, building demolition and rocket technology.
August 28, 2000
Segments include examining a rocket used to lift a telecommunication satellite into orbit; using explosives to trigger avalanches in an effort to make ski slopes safer.
Examining building demolition using explosives, focusing on an office building in Atlanta. Included: rigging the wires, planting the explosive charges, and crowd control. Also: an apartment building in London is destroyed.
A Hollywood special-effects director stages a combat sequence that includes shelling a convoy of jeeps, torpedoing a ship and blowing up a hotel. Also: a fireworks display in Houston.
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