Right at 7am the fireworks started on the east end of the stadium which was to my right. It was an impressive display that lasted about a minute. I had been shooting a bit of video up to this point and decided to take this opportunity to change memory cards. I have two 16GB cards but I did not know how much I had used of the first card. As I was switching cards the fireworks stopped and there was an eerie silence interrupted only by cheers from the crowd.
Then there were 10 more smaller fireworks coming from the other end of the stadium near the VIP area. This was the countdown. I started recording again. For the next 30 seconds we watched the progression of explosions walk around the stadium. The sound was incredible. We could feel each concussion wave hit us even from a half kilometer away.
Video was shot using my Canon T1i EOS digital camera with a 35-105mm lens. 1280×720 24fps H.264, Linear PCM