RALEIGH - Office of the Fire Marshal members inspect a fireworks display on South Street,
prior to their firing for First Night activities on New Year's Eve. Two shows were planned, at 7:00 p.m.
(smaller) and 12:00 p.m. (larger). The responsibility for
issuing permits for commercial fireworks displays in Raleigh was transferred from the
county to the city in 2013.
Mike Legeros photographs.