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The firework are set off above a dry lake bed in Lucerne Valley in Rialto, Calif. on May 7th, 2019. Before fireworks, like those used for Macy’s Fourth of July Show in New York City, illuminate the skyline and TV screens across the country, a team of pyrotechnicians spent months testing fireworks in a desert in California. (Jake Michaels/The New York Times)

The firework are set off above a dry lake bed in Lucerne Valley in Rialto, Calif. on May 7th, 2019. Before fireworks, like those used for Macy’s Fourth of July Show in New York City, illuminate the skyline and TV screens across the country, a team of pyrotechnicians spent months testing fireworks in a desert in California. (Jake Michaels/The New York Times)