The Sons of Thunder Pyro Team prepares for The Final Countdown, the team’s final professional fireworks show. From left are Mike Deans, Ken Murphy, Michael Blackwell, Jon Ross and Ted Dion. The show will begin at 9:15 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Jaycee Park following the Madison Rising concert at 7 p.m.  Photo Courtesy Hayley Klein

The Sons of Thunder Pyro Team prepares for The Final Countdown, the team’s final professional fireworks show. From left are Mike Deans, Ken Murphy, Michael Blackwell, Jon Ross and Ted Dion. The show will begin at 9:15 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Jaycee Park following the Madison Rising concert at 7 p.m. Photo Courtesy Hayley Klein

By HAYLEY KLEIN
For the Daily Press
The end of an era is here.
For nearly 20 years, Mike Deans has been providing Artesia with a top-notch professional fireworks show every Fourth of July. Over the years, he extended his services to add some bang and sparkle to football games, graduations, and community events. After a long run of professional fireworks, Deans has decided to retire.  This year’s Fourth of July show will be the last for the pyro team. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.