do the crowds gather near there to view? Would be strange setting it up with explosives next to the crowd.....
Rest assured there with be no pyro attached to this wheel, it wouldn't be safe.. if they plan on taking it vertical if one of those pyros mis-fires while its horizontal and its later up vertical and aiming towards the crowd that is a recipe for disaster.
Although I do feel the ones closest (usually offer the best view naturally) are at a somewhat disadvantage this year with that being so close.
They do seem to have the flame jets back though this year, they add very little to the overall show but on a chilly night you can feel the heat off them