COMFORT POINT – Adriana Whitwell doesn’t care what other people say.
“We have the best fireworks in the county,” she said.
A volunteer EMT with the Point Comfort Volunteer Fire Department, Whitwell has seen a few fireworks in the past during the town’s annual Bash at the Bay show.
This year’s exhibit was brought to Point Comfort Waterfront Park by Pyro Shows, a Tennessean company with 50 years of fireworks experience.
Technician Michael McReynolds has worked with fireworks for eight years, and Saturday’s party was the second time he’s hosted the Point Comfort fireworks display. McReynolds said he once had a “normal” job, but after getting the call to work on his first fireworks display, he was hooked.
The Pyro Shows crew traveled to Point Comfort from Fort Worth and began setting up around 3 p.m., McReynolds said.
By 6:45 p.m., their preparations were made. The cables snaked over the asphalt to their connections among an impressive number of thick launch tubes – each containing something that went “boom”.
The veteran pyrotechnics trio took advantage of the lull before sunset to get out tackle boxes and rods.
“Fireworks aren’t special to us anymore,” said Prescott McReynolds, a fireworks technician for two years. “It’s more like hearing all the people standing behind us, cheering. It’s like standing in the center of the stadium after you hear the national anthem, and they’re all cheering for you.”
Visitors to Saturday’s party indulged in concessions sold to benefit the Calhoun County Volunteer Fire Department and Sandettes, a local high school drill crew. The children took full advantage of a bouncy house and a miniature train making a circuit around the festivities.
As the sun set over the bay, tailgates filled Point Comfort Waterfront Park. At 9:20 p.m., City Supervisor and Volunteer Fire Chief Brandon Mason made the rounds.
“In about 10 minutes,” he told the waiting crowd, “we’ll turn them on.”
Ten minutes later, Lavaca Bay lit up. When the show ended 12 minutes later, the applause that echoed through the park was well deserved.