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.
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)