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Blast off NYC! Biggest fireworks show in U.S. lights up Hudson River

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NEW YORK - New York City's Fourth of July fireworks along the Hudson River have lit the sky with a kaleidoscope of fiery colors shooting 1,000 feet into the air.

 

It's the nation's biggest fireworks display, with more than 22 tons of pyrotechnics exploding over a mile-and-a-half of the river. That's the length of 25 city blocks.

 

The extravaganza was moved back to Manhattan's West Side for the first time since the 9/11 terror attacks.

 

Tens of thousands of people have lined up both sides of river to watch.

 

Among the spectators are Jamalat Bayoumy and his wife, Mosad Mohamad - food vendors who normally work opposite the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum by the river. They lost about $1,000 in business when police asked to shut down because of the swelling crowds.

 

"This is very nice," Bayoumy says, "but we're losing money in America."

 

But his wife added: "America is free. We have green cards and we dream to become

Americans."

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