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Fireworks put on a show
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Pyrotechnic crew chief John "J.W." Waldrop, right, talks Friday evening with Matt Howard, left, and John Roach as they set up Zambelli Fireworks mortars for the 51st annual American Legion Post 7 show at Laurel Park. "It takes a bunch to set it up," said Waldrop, a Hall County Fire Services captain. "You're looking at about $10,000 a show." - photo by NAT GURLEY

Northeast Georgia residents celebrated the Fourth of July on Friday, with the American Legion Paul E. Bolding Post 7’s fireworks display being one of the highlights. Laurel Park on Lake Lanier in Gainesville was the site for the annual pyrotechnics, which also included an offseason visit from Santa Claus.