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Annual Hellfire 19 launch brings rockets to Utah skies

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Posted at 6:05 PM, Jul 31, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-31 20:05:29-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Bonneville Salt Flats are making the perfect playground for rocket specialists and spectators at the 19th annual Hellfire Launch, which is taking place Thursday through Sunday.

"It's a rush I like it to see, I don't know if the igniter is going to work when they press the fire button, and it's just kind of a moment of anticipation and then it screams off," said Ken Adams.

Each year, Adams makes the trip from Logan to the Bonneville Salt Flats for the Utah Rocket Club's Hellfire Launch.

"This is the fourth year that I've been here,” he said. “It's fun because you get together with people who have the same interests. You’re doing the same things. Everybody is launching rockets.”

And with a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration, rocket enthusiasts can blast their creations 10,000 feet in the air.

"We have this beautiful expansive salt that we can fly on, there couldn't be a better place to fly rockets," said Ken Park, President of the Utah Rocket Club.

And from Thursday to Sunday, the Hellfire Launch will be shooting off nearly 500 rockets.

"Set up a tent, set up some chairs and watch some amazing things going up in the air," Park said.

It's an event all ages can enjoy. And if you go once, you'll be back each year for more.

"Coming out to the salt flats to launch rockets is something I look forward to every year," Adams said.

The event is free for spectators and runs each day 9am-5pm. You can find out more by clicking here.