National Geographic : 2012 Jun
• The Outer Banks has long had a taste for spectacle. The trophy marlins and big sharks caught by deep-sea charters have always attracted crowds at the docks. There are lots of surfing dogs, and just about everyone has a story to tell. Exhibit A in the spectacle category, however, might be the OBX's long fascination with pyrotechnics. Back in the early days folks would bring trunkloads of fireworks down to the beach and put on their own dazzling displays. It wasn't such a big deal when there was less around to catch fire. A few years ago some rules and regulations were born, but there's always a pretty good show on the Fourth of July. On any given summer night you can still hear someone out on the sand lighting off a wad of firecrackers---or down near the water shooting Roman candles into the surf. Some places can't be tamed. A Manteo crowd gawks at a mako shark hauled in during a shing tournament.