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Fireworks in Keansburg: VIDEO

Last night, the Keansburg Amusement Park put on a gorgeous display of fireworks for the Fourth of July.

The shoot took place on the pier. I was fortunate enough to be right there as the fireworks went off.

The providing company, Garden State Fireworks, has been around since 1890 and is a family-owned business. I met Danny Minelli, a sales rep and technician.

He told me all about the technical aspects of the event. I had no idea fireworks were so intricate and, to be honest, so darn cool.

Check out this week’s issue of The Courier to read up on the art of fireworks, as well as comments from Hank Gelhaus, one of the amusement park’s owners.

The park will celebrate its 105th anniversary in August. Check back for more on the Keansburg Amusement Park.

Happy Independence Day weekend! Enjoy the video from the last night’s event.

PHOTO: A shell shot. These contain the powder and balls of color, as well as a fuse (the red thing), that create the image we see as fireworks. (Melissa L. Gaffney)

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Fireworks: Nonpartisan and simply perfect for the Fourth

As I was driving through Red Bank last night, I couldn’t help but see the fireworks and the throngs of people watching them. (No, really, I drove right through them!)

It was July 3 and there was not a seat in the house.

Fireworks are beautiful things, sparkly and loud. Glorifying, really.

The crowd thought so, too.

I couldn’t help but think . . . Fireworks don’t have an affiliation. I think fireworks are the only nonpartisan activity ever.

It doesn’t matter who is setting them off, so long as they know what they’re doing. It doesn’t matter who thought of the idea in the first place, so long as they thought it through. It doesn’t matter who “invented” fireworks, because they probably didn’t care about politics, anyway.

And it definitely doesn’t matter what “party” fireworks belong to, because that philosophy just doesn’t exist in the world of red, white and blue.

How absolutely perfect, then, that fireworks symbolize the Fourth of July. Independence Day.

A day when it didn’t matter what party you were from. Just a common goal.

Happy Fourth of July, everyone. The video above is a clip during Red bank’s finale. Listen for what an observer says during the applause.

I echo those sentiments heartily.

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