Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Grand Finale

At the Shorewood Hills, Wisconsin fireworks each July 4th, the end of the display is signalled by the grand finale. Where the preceding 30 or 40 minutes have seen six or seven rockets sent up each minute, the finale entails shooting off several dozen rockets in a short two minutes of hyper-explosive excitement that turns night into a kind of transitory "day" reminiscent of small town baseball diamonds lighted in the middle of a night game by four creosoted poles with a few lights each.

Here is another take on the grand finale, the destruction of illegal fireworks by the NYPD a few days before this Fourth of July:

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