WEST LONG BRANCH: The low sounds of friends' chatter and parents keeping children under tow switched to silence, save for the kabooms and sizzles of fireworks at Franklin Lake on the Fourth of July
It happens every year, even if some say. Sun rays faded to moon glow as everyone settled down for the show.
It came. "This was the best ever" some said. Maybe it was.
The crowd was on both sides of the lake, down Locust Avenue to nearly Broadway and onto the lawn at Shore Regional High.
Some visitors had come from Virginia to visit family and were delighted with the celebration. Those visitors had four wide-eyed children sharing a blanket at lakeside, under the watchful parents' eyes.
A cadre of teens, future Shore Regional freshmen gave smiles and waves at the WOTS camera.
Sunlight faded to moon glow as signals from the fireworks let everyone know to settle down.
Then the first flare. High and bright. Sizzles and kabooms filled the air.