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Fireworks over Saracen Lake

Due to lingering flood damage in the traditional area where the Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Independence Day fireworks are normally deployed, the display was launched from a baseball complex next to Saracen Lake in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Though these fireworks were billed as the the main event, the spectacular sunset immediately prior was more than a mere warmup act.

Fireworks came from two sources in the 2015 annual Independence Day celebration in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The area in our large regional park where earthly combustible fireworks are traditionally launched suffered recent flood damage which precluded a repeat performance on that site for the 2015 extravaganza. Since the show must go on, local officials running the event moved the display launch site to a baseball complex next to Saracen Lake.

Saracen Lake sunset.

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A half-hour before the earthly fireworks were touched off, the Almighty put on a celestial show of His own over the lake in the form of an eye sunset. Since the sun is a fireball, it is safe to say that the sunset was the fireworks before the fireworks.

The pictures here are not the only ones we put on-line from these events. We suggest that you pause here and visit the Photo of the Week page at Corndancer dot-com and see more sunset and fireworks pictures from these two events. We’ll wait here while you look.

Just before sunset on Saracen Lake

About thirty minutes before the earthly fireworks started, the sun began dropping below the clouds in a spectacular swan song for the day.

Sunset on Saracen Lake

Seconds later the sun bade a fond farewell to Pine Bluff, Arkansas on July 4, 2015.

fireworks burst over Saracen Lake

Following the solar warmup act, earthly fireworks lit the sky and reflected on the lake. You get the double-whammy on this picture as a few dregs from a previous explosion are still visible.

double fireworks burst over saracen lake

Big and skinny is closely followed by short and compact. Both reflect nicely in the lake.

When I arrived at the lake early, knowing what was about to happen before the earthly fireworks, only a few people and cars were present. By the time I left, in anticipation of the fireworks display, the crowd was growing. Few of those bothered to observe what was going on in the western sky. They finally came in droves for the sparks in the sky but were too late for solar extravaganza. They’ll have to wait 12 months for the next display. There’s a good chance the sun will do a repeat performance tomorrow.

Thanks for looking,

Joe Dempsey

Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind


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