Man's final ride aboard July 4th firework

July 3, 2008 10:05:21 AM PDT
One of the fireworks bursting above Indianapolis for tonight's 4th of July fireworks will include the cremated remains of Meredith Smith. He ran the annual event for 40 years before dying earlier this year.

About a half-teaspoon of his ashes will be in a fireworks shell that will create a white burst in the sky for the finale of the show.

Kevin Moss says he can't think of a better to way to honor his friend.

There'll also be hundreds of T-shirts referring to the tribute as the "the last shot."

Smith, a school maintenance worker, was a trained pyrotechnician. His widow says they started the fireworks shows as a community service and sometimes paid for the shows themselves.


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