Sandy-devastated NJ town has reason to celebrate

UNION BEACH, N.J. (AP) — Union Beach, N.J. was decimated by Superstorm Sandy. But Wednesday night it had something to celebrate.

The town won a party and fireworks contest from the television station Destination America and USA Weekend magazine.

Former fire chief Robert LaBerta entered the town because he wanted residents to come together for something positive.

Food trucks lined the streets and a stage stood on a vacant lot that once held homes.

After nightfall residents danced and oohed and aahed as purple, yellow and green fireworks filled the sky.

Fayetteville, N.C., also won a party. Fireworks at Fort Bragg were cut this year.

Nearly the entire town of Union Beach flooded during Sandy. The scars remain, with vacant lots and construction signs all over town.

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