Cars, custom wrap jobs for Captain America done in Cleveland

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CLEVELAND -- It's a big boom getting a lot of attention. Wednesday morning, East 6th Street and Rockwell Avenue exploded with action on the set of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."

But before filming a pyrotechnic scene where a fireball blasted into cop cars, many of those cars, trucks and SUVs came from right here.

"They needed some cars and they needed them quickly," said Bill Burke, with the Spitzer Management Group. While you likely buy a car one at a time, Captain America bought 40 from Spitzer dealerships around Northeast Ohio.

"They wanted to use them to be driving in the scenes, some are going to be parked, parked along the streets and some are going to be blown up," said Burke.

In fact, Wednesday morning's explosion included a white Chevy Impala purchased from Spitzer as a police car. The vehicles are customized with printed car wraps. Over at a garage on Prospect, Liquid Image transformed black and white cruisers to the fleet of the Washington D. C. police.

Owner Mike Wiertel says they also remade the inside of several black Cadillac Escalades to Samuel L. Jackson's character, Nick Fury's specifications, replacing wood trim with metallic interior.

While the cameras are rolling, the money keeps coming back to Northeast Ohio and its businesses.

"This helps us tremendously. We were able to move 40 cars that we were going to wholesale anyway. It turns money quickly, it's good for them, it's good for us," said Burke.

"It does help the economy when they come into Cleveland."

"We want to make sure that we make it easy for them to do business here so they can come back," said Mayor Frank Jackson, who visited the set Wednesday afternoon. Jackson had a brief meet and greet with Samuel L. Jackson, who tweeted a photo of the two, writing "The Jackson's puttin' it Down in Cleveland!# da Mayor!!"

"I actually have an appreciation for what actors have to go through to make things look so real," said Mayor Jackson. "And the amount of time that the producers have to spend on the set, the kind of money they spend just for a few seconds, it's an amazing operation."

Production is expected to continue on E. 6th through Saturday. Portions of "Captain America: Winter Soldier" are being filmed from now through mid-June throughout the city.

A big chase sequence is expected to be filmed beginning next week on the West Shoreway. The filming will shut down the highway between Lakewood and East 9th for about two weeks. 

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