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London's Canada Day firework display doubles in size

The 20 minute show isn’t increasing much in length, but size. Londoners are expected to see bigger shells launched from four different locations. Last year, the part had around two to three launch sites.

Londoners can expect bigger and brighter colours across evening skies

Jason Anber, manager at K&H fireworks, who are organizing the Saturday night show at the Forks of the Thames. Londoners can expect bigger and more colourful fireworks Saturday evening. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)

London's Canada Day fireworks is going to be the biggest ever.

It will still be 20 minutes long, but expect a more intense experience.

"When the fireworks break, they will last twice as long in the air and the colours are twice as vibrant,"said Jason Anber, a manager at K&H fireworks. The company is organizing the Saturday night show at the Forks of the Thames.

The 20 minute Forks of the Thames fireworks show isn’t increasing much in length, but size. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)

With more than 500 shows under his belt, Anber said Londoners can expect to see bigger shells launched from four different locations. 

Anber said people may even get an extra minute or two of show time.

The fireworks  are imported from Spain and will soar up to 500 meters into the air and break 200 meters across the skies.

Although the forecast is looking clear, weather concerns are still on the radar for the team of ten staff.

A larger concern, however, is crowd control.

"[The show] has 20 extra security guards just to keep crowds out of our [launch] areas and to keep them safe and to keep us safe," he said.

Londoners are expected to see bigger shells launched from four different locations at the Forks of the Thames fireworks display Saturday evening. Last year, the part had around two to three launch sites. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)

Anber's team holds about 50 shows on Canada Day across Ontario.

"It's not a job for me because I enjoy doing it," said Anber, who's been a pyrotechnician for 20 years. "It's a love of the fireworks."

The Forks of the Thames fireworks display is expected to begin at dusk. 

The Forks of the Thames fireworks show will launch shells from the four locations displayed on the map.