LAURINBURG — While a few locals crowded the stands of Pate Stadium on Friday night, most Scotland County residents knew the best seat was from the back of a truck parked on the side of a two-lane road.
With a backdrop of classic radio hits and a still-blue sky, colorful fireworks signaled the close to Independence Day.
The 20-minute show was the product of more than a day’s work for James Boyette and his team of Oscar Barker, Charles Welly and Luke Milligan, of East Coast Pyrotechnics. The crew began unloading a moving van full of the explosives at noon and by 6 p.m. were setting up the finale.
The fireworks, contained in shells ranging from 3-5 inches in diameter and set upright in wooden crates, are filled with a layer of what Boyette called “lift charge,” and topped off with a mix of metal and glass that is developed to combust at just the right height and pattern. Friday’s show included a few canisters that exploded into the shape of a smiley face and a heart.
“It’s a lot of hard work and you’re tired at the end of the day, but we all walk away saying we had fun,” said Boyette. “Who doesn’t want to blow stuff up?”