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Soldier Ride the Hamptons is Saturday. Christine Sampson


The Coluccio family: Two brothers, second-generation pyrotechnicians, worked together with their father, the chief on the Great Bonac Fireworks show. Joanne Pilgrim photos
Fireworks shells are dropped into mortar tubes arrayed in grids and wired together in a sequence created by the show's choreographer.
Lower, sizzling effects are created by the smaller fireworks.
As a tugboat pushes the barge into position on the west side of Three Mile Harbor, people gathered along the shore and on boats wave, applaud, and toot air horns to thank the fireworks crew.
With work done for the moment, the crew waits on the barge, alone inside a safety zone, as night falls and showtime nears.
Inside a protective area on the barge, which rumbles underfoot with the concussive bursts as the fireworks are launched, the pyrotechnicians oversee the computerized program that sets off the show.
The aftermath: Returning to the dock in the dark, Steve Coluccio updates the chief pyrotechnician's record book. Cleanup must still be done, post-show and the next day.

The cash price at the Water Mill Shell station on Tuesday is slightly above average on Long Island. Jackie Pape






Kayaking, along with other paddle sports, may seem idyllic, but it can be dangerous and strenuous. Durell Godfrey