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PHOTO — Red, white and blue rockets burst over Long Island Sound off West Haven’s Bradley Point at the Savin Rock Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday, Sept. 3. (City Drone Photo/Andrew Kosarko, Courtesy of Jow Films LLC)
WEST HAVEN, Sept. 6, 2022 — Gene Wolcott flipped a light switch to launch the Savin Rock Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday, Sept. 3.
The moment Wolcott flipped the switch, fireworks blasted off Bradley Point and exploded over Long Island Sound, dazzling the all-ages crowds along West Haven’s 3 miles of public beaches with a display of brilliant lighting and booming sound effects.
The 20-minute pyrotechnics show was presented by the Savin Rock Fireworks Committee.
Wolcott, an ardent fireworks committee supporter who lives in New Haven, was joined onstage in front of West Haven’s prominent Savin Rock landmark by Mayor Nancy R. Rossi, fireworks committee co-Chairwoman Sandy McCauley and radio personality Brian Smith, the master of ceremonies.
Wolcott’s name was drawn in a raffle to flip the switch to set off the fireworks, billed as “They Will Be Heard on the 3rd.”
Rossi welcomed the Savin Rock crowd and thanked the committee and city departments before turning it over to Smith and Wolcott.
Smith then led the crowd in a spirited countdown — “5, 4, 3, 2, 1!” — before Wolcott flipped the switch and triggered an assortment of red, white and blue rockets that flew and burst over Bradley Point.
Before the fireworks, people from all walks of life danced to R&B hits performed by E’Band.
As the music played, a fleet of food and dessert trucks lined the Savin Rock side of Captain Thomas Boulevard, near Dyke Street, and dished up fried dough, lobster rolls, meatball bombs and tacos, as well as ice cream and kettle corn.
Police closed Captain Thomas Boulevard and Ocean Avenue, from Kelsey Avenue to South Street, for several hours to give the festivities more of a block party feel.
In early June, the city decided to move the fireworks from July 2 to Sept. 3 — the same date as last year’s Labor Day weekend display — to give West Haven’s biggest event “more of a local flavor.”
For this year’s pyrotechnics show, the city focused less on attracting out-of-town visitors and more on attracting West Haven residents, a strategy aimed at decreasing crowds to reduce overtime costs for police and public works crews, organizers said.
— MICHAEL P. WALSH, Public Relations Information Coordinator
Red, white and blue rockets burst over Long Island Sound off West Haven’s Bradley Point at the Savin Rock Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday, Sept. 3. (City Drone Photo/Andrew Kosarko, Courtesy of Jow Films LLC)
(City Drone Photo/Andrew Kosarko, Courtesy of Jow Films LLC)