John Xipolitos, left, and Anthony Persutti carried the repaired copper vent ball back up the steps of the St. Simons Island lighthouse before putting back at the very top of the light.

To the casual observer, the ball at the top of the 104-foot-tall St. Simons Island lighthouse appears ornamental, but it once vented a kerosene lamp.

High rise

John Xipolitus lifts the repaired copper vent ball onto a spire that holds it in place atop the St. Simons Island lighthouse. Also on top is Anthony Presutti. Both work for Razorback LLC.

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