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On the Clock: Family’s business keeps fireworks tech on the go around the Fourth

Justin Alonzo wires mortars to a control board Wednesday afternoon at the Empire State Plaza.
Justin Alonzo wires mortars to a control board Wednesday afternoon at the Empire State Plaza.
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For Justin Alonzo, all that glitters is not just gold. Reds, greens, blues and silvers are other fiery colors he helps deliver into the night skies. As a fireworks technician for Alonzo Fireworks, Alonzo has been setting up shows all over the Capital Region during the past few days. “It’s hell week, but in a good way,” said Alonzo, 31, who lives in Cohoes and is a seasonal worker for Mechanicville’s most explosive company. “It ...


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