Flame throwing competition is a crowd favorite

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Flames lit up the night sky as cruisers competed in the flame throwing competition Tuesday. It's just one of the many exciting events happening at Cruisin' the Coast.

Erica Newton is the proud girlfriend of one of the competitors. She said it's a hobby she loves to support.

"It's just fun. Period. I mean you can take a car, hotrod it, make it throw flames, and not blow the car up. I mean, come on, that's awesome," said Newton.

Newton channeled her inner Sandy from the movie GREASE for this year's event. She said it's fun to just live in the moment.

"I've honestly had to take off work to do this, and I've enjoyed it. We went the other night and did the parade and it was great seeing the little kids all get excited over it," said Newton.

Flame throwing is a crowd favorite, and no two cars are the same. Each one got a chance to enter the center of the ring, and show the crowd what their cars could do. The ring was lined with fire extinguishers just in case any of the flames got out of control.

Thousands of spectators lined the Island View Casino, cheering as the cars revved their engines and ignited their flames. It's Tammy Rice's favorite part about Cruisin' the Coast.

"I mean, it gets so bright. There's a few that you can't even see, because the flames just go all around it like it's going to catch on fire, but it doesn't," said Rice.

The event kicked off at dusk, but hundreds of spectators had their spots reserved well before the sun went down. The Island View was accommodating to the cruisers with a live band and food bar, but of course the flames stole the show.

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