July 5, 2016
Celebrating Independence Day at the beach
...WITH SLIDE SHOW
By IRENE NOLAN
showers and thunderstorms threatened the islands from time to time over
the holiday weekend, but fireworks displays on Hatteras and Ocracoke
went off without a hitch.
returned to Ocracoke on Sunday night, July 3, after a horrific accident
in 2009 caused a six-year hiatus. That year, four workers for the
pyrotechnics company setting up for the display died and another was
seriously burned when a truck loaded with fireworks exploded.
year, the fireworks returned through the work of the community --
largely through the efforts of the Ocracoke Civic and Business
Association and the National Park Service. Cape Hatteras National
Seashore Superintendent and his staff worked closely with the community
to identify a place to safely launch the show, which turned out to be
from the parking lot at the NPS docks in the village.
fireworks show on Hatteras was at the Avon Pier, sponsored by the Avon
Property Owners Association and funded in part by the Outer Banks
Visitors Bureau. The event is also supported by donations from
island businesses, residents, property owners, and guests.
watched from the vantage points in the village and from along the
village beach near the pier and from as far away as Ramp 32 and Ramp
38, where the Park Service allowed off-road vehicles on the beach past
the normal closing time for the occasion. Those watching from their
vehicles could tune into Radio Hatteras for the sounds and special
music during a hour-long fireworks show, hosted by the husband-and-wife
team of Bob Barris and Vicky Grist.
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