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Tuesday, July 16, 2024


April 28, 2002 – Despite the late 10:30 p.m. start, thousands lined the roads and filled hillside restaurants and verandahs to watch as 7,500 shells were shot off from two vessels in the harbor to create the biggest and perhaps the best fireworks show ever presented in the Virgin Islands.
"Thunder Over Charlotte Amalie" was to have begun at 10 p.m. in anticipation of the Adults' Parade finishing later than usual due to the 50th anniversary celebration. But with paraders still making their way down Main Street at 10 p.m., it was decided to push the fireworks back another half hour.
The other glitch was a fire that broke out on Hassel Island, a situation similar to what occurred during the 1997 show, when windborne sparks ignited a dry brush on the island in the Charlotte Amalie harbor. (See USCG helicopter fights fire on Hassel Island".)
The fireworks display was accompanied by a synchronized sound track of music played on all three Knight Quality Radio stations. KQS is owned by Randy Knight, who has the prime sponsor and organizer of the fireworks shows for 17 years.
There were four fireworks sponsors this year — Knight and Driehaus Capital Management each contributed $10,000, and Coors Light distributed by Bellows International and MSI Interiors each donated $5,000.
Knight told the Source earlier this week that this would be his last year sponsoring the event, the traditional grand finale of Carnival festivities.
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