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Simulated Explosion for Film Shoot Lights Up Staten Island Swim Club

By Nicholas Rizzi | September 3, 2013 11:38am | Updated on September 4, 2013 6:48am
 A film crew for "Staten Island Summer" simulated an explosion at the Great Kills Swim Club on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013.
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GREAT KILLS — A Staten Island swim club was lit up by a giant explosion Tuesday as part of a film shoot for the upcoming comedy flick "Staten Island Summer," officials said.

At around 3 p.m., a film crew simulated an explosion with a "fireball effect" at the Great Kills Swim Club, on Nahant Street between Corbin Avenue and Greaves Avenue, according to Notify NYC and the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting.

The crew set off two fires for the movie, and each had several roman candles light up the sky before the fireball shot up in the back of the swim club.

Police and firefighters were on hand during the explosion.

The film was set to start shooting at the spot after Labor Day, according to On Location Vacations, a film location blog.

The coming-of-age comedy was written by Staten Island native and "Saturday Night Live" head writer Colin Jost, and will feature Ashley Greene of the "Twilight" saga, according to Deadline.

The film, produced by Lorne Michaels, will tell the story of two lifeguards after their high school graduation and the different paths the friends' lives will take, with one planning to go to Harvard and the other not sure what to do with his life, Deadline reported.

Greene will reportedly play a member of the pool club and the daughter of an overly protective mobster.

Aside from Greene, Kate Walsh and comedian Jim Gaffigan will also be in the film, playing the parents of one of the two friends, according to The Hollywood Reporter.