Explosions, blazing lights and even military helicopters will all be part of making a Hollywood movie about giant, shape-shifting robots -- but, as the Bethlehem neighbors of the ''Transformers 2'' movie set will find out next week, it might not involve much sleep.
The movie's crew will be turning the former Bethlehem Steel site into a nighttime war zone from 4 p.m. Monday until 7 a.m. Tuesday, Mayor John Callahan said Wednesday. The filming will continue the following two nights during the same hours.
Notices were sent to neighbors and nearby business owners Tuesday warning them about the upcoming noise, glare and road closures that will come along with the filming of one of the movie's opening scenes, which will feature the computer-generated robots alongside Steel's instantly-recognizable blast furnaces.
''It is essentially going to be a simulated war,'' Callahan said.
''Overall, it's a great thing for the city,'' he said, citing the economic impact from the roughly 200 crew members staying in hotels and buying supplies.
At the same time, city officials know the filming might be an inconvenience for anyone trying to sleep through director Michael Bay's pyrotechnic displays. Callahan said officials want to make sure residents know what's going on so they won't call police with worries or complaints about the noise.