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Pyrotechnician

Setting off fireworks is usually something little boys get in trouble for, but Jim Souza is one of the lucky few adults who gets paid to detonate explosives.

Souza is actually a fourth-generation pyrotechnician and his family business, Pyro Spectaculars, puts on the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks and about 400 other shows throughout the country.

He gets to travel all over the world looking for new and exciting fireworks and says he still gets goosebumps when he hears the crowd’s reaction.

“I’ve designed the show to go off a certain way to create certain moments and feelings. When you hear the oohs and ahhs from the crowd — you know you’ve nailed it,” Souza said.

He’s got a degree in small business administration and marketing from the University of Portland. He trains others in the art of pyrotechnics at Pyro University.

Photo courtesy of Pyro Spectaculars