Pyrotechnician Brian Weeks with an assortment of fireworks for Allora’s New Year’s Eve extravaganza.
Pyrotechnician Brian Weeks with an assortment of fireworks for Allora’s New Year’s Eve extravaganza. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Big bangs depend on Brian's work

ALTHOUGH he has the best seat in the house at any fireworks display, pyrotechnician Brian Weeks rarely gets to enjoy the show.

Mr Weeks has been helping to brighten nights out for people across the region for more than 10 years, and during each show is solely focused on the task at hand.

After the shows are over, some people send Mr Weeks photos they took at an event, allowing him some insight into how the show looked.

The Southern Downs Regional Council employee was approached by the council in 1999 to undertake a pyrotechnics course as an added branch of his job.

Since then Mr Weeks has been co-ordinating and carrying out fireworks to celebrate events such as New Year's Eve and Australia Day.

Although Warwick skies will be sans fireworks on New Year's Eve, Mr Weeks will help the people of Allora ring in the new year with a bang.

While he was reluctant to divulge too many details about what he had in store for the December 31 show, he did offer a few hints.

"All I can tell you is there will be a big finale and we will definitely light up the Allora sky," he said.

During his explosive career, Mr Weeks has co-ordinated a number of displays, but there is one he will never forget.

"The one that stands out the most was when the Olympics Torch came through, because that is something you will probably only do once in a lifetime," he said.

Mr Weeks said he was often complimented on his work and gauged his success by the faces of those who viewed his work.

He lives by the philosophy that people don't remember a good fireworks display but they never forget a bad one, and aims to please with every show.

"I enjoy it because it brings joy to people, kids in particular, and it makes you feel alive - it's a bit of an adrenaline rush," he said.

Australia Day at Victoria Park early this year was a definite crowd pleaser and had locals raving for weeks.

"I think it looked pretty good and if the kids are happy, that's all that matters," Mr Weeks said.

Mr Weeks will co-ordinate the New Year's Eve display at the Allora Showgrounds this Saturday, starting from around 7pm.


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