Saturday, April 18, 2015

Fireworks over the ocean, once again

Fireworks over the ocean, once again

Atlantic City put on an impressive fireworks show tonight, from a barge in the ocean in front of Boardwalk Hall. This was the first time since July 2001 that the city brought the stuff out over the ocean, which is where it should be. You may recall the last time, the barge caught fire after the finale and sent fireworks shells ricocheting around the barge and caused all sorts of problems. And wound up the lead story the next morning on the Today show. Since then, there have been fireworks at the old Sand Castle Stadium and fireworks near Borgata at the Marina but this was the first time since the big mishap that the city brought it back to the beach. It appeared to go off without any problems, and the barge itself, the Northstar, appeared to emerge unscathed. I've never been so close to the source of the fireworks, and it was easy to see how things might go awry out there on the barge. It's always cool to watch from the beach itself, with the water reflecting the fireworks, the sound echoing off Boardwalk Hall and the smoke blowing up the beach right over the people who had VIP passes to the top floors of the Pier at Caesars (sorry VIP people, there was plenty of smokeless viewing from the beach itself.) On Sunday, the fireworks will be at the Marina district.

About this blog

Inquirer staff writer Amy S. Rosenberg has covered Philly police, city neighborhoods, Ed Rendell as mayor, the Jersey shore, Atlantic City, Miss America and the psychology of Eagles fans. She moved to Ventnor on July 3, 1995, which makes her a local, but not really.

Inquirer Staff Writer Jacqueline L. Urgo has spent every summer of her life at the Jersey Shore, and has lived there year-round for nearly 30 years, even fulfilling one of her bucket list dreams by once living in a house by the sea.

Since 1990, she has covered the waterfront for The Inquirer — from the Atlantic to the Delaware Bay shore — and some of the mainland in between. Along the way, she amassed an encyclopedic knowledge of this tear-it-down-and-build-it-back-up region, delving into the history and the hype of a place with a lot of unexpected stories to tell.

Amy S. Rosenberg
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