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Don't strap fireworks to your head

G-221-500x500A fellow in Maine lit a firework that he had "strapped to his head." He was killed instantly, reports WCSH. Local officials stress that fireworks are dangerous, "especially if they are not used properly."

Celebrate July 4th with a PES animated classic!

"Fireworks," a classic from 2009 by PES. Happy Independence Day!

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WATCH: Patriotic fireworks safety supercut

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission just released a very dry safety video about not blowing yourself up with fireworks for the holidays, so we made a peppier patriotic supercut.

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Redneck Fireworks: DIY launcher shoots 8,500 bottle rockets

A 4th-of-July-themed 2007 vintage YouTube of who knows whom, doing something crazy in lord knows where.

“These crazy rednecks start drinking beer, then they decide to try and make a rocket launcher. They find an old gate and rig a fuse then proceed to load it with 8,500 bottle rockets while drinking beer and smoking cigarettes. This contraption makes an awesome firestorm.”

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Wheelbarrow launched into air with powerful firecracker

Against the backdrop of a beautiful Sound of Music type village, this fellow sent a wheelbarrow 15 meters into air. It did not achieve escape velocity, but it did make a perfect landing. According to our friends at Geekologie he used a Cobra 6 firecracker, "which packs 48.5-grams of explosive powder (versus 2-3 grams for an M-80)."

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Dogs and cats hate holiday fireworks. Here are 3 tips to protect your pet on July 4th.

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Fireworks displays are fun for most humans, but pretty terrifying for pets.

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Calder Wilson attached fireworks to his drone. Result: remarkable

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Photographer Calder Wilson has been experimenting with photographing fireworks attached to his drone.

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Firework or Sex Toy – The Boing Boing Game

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RULES OF THE GAME: Fun for the whole family, “Firework or Sex Toy” consists of shouting out EITHER a product from a major fireworks company OR a product from major sex toy company. It’s up to contestants in the room to match the product names to the correct industry.

Here is a selection to get you started:

Sold by TNT Fireworks, Florence, AL:

Girl’s Best Friend, Not for the Timid, Thrill Seeker, Meow, No Limit, Lost Control, Team 6 Arsenal, Steel Force, Delirium, Festival Balls

Sold by Good Vibrations, San Francisco, CA:

Comet II, Pop Your Top, Wonderland Mystical Mushroom, Lady Luck, Pocket Rocket, Power Dancer, Double Delight, Night Rider

BONUS ROUND: Have participants guess where the following pieces of marketing copy appear:

“A traditional favorite gone mad . . . this will leave a smile on your face.”

“You will be shaken AND stirred.”

“Watch the ground erupt slowly into a plume of pretty lemon and purple sparkles, climaxing into a louder crackling sliver and purple sparkles. WOW.”

[HINT: All are TNT.]

Fireworks animation by PES!

"Fireworks," a classic by PES. Happy Independence Day!

Drone footage of fireworks

Beautiful footage of a DJI Phantom quadcopter drone flying through a fireworks display.

Where the colors of fireworks come from

The Works is a kids science and tech museum in Bloomington, Minnesota, just a few miles from where I live in Minneapolis. Today, they had this cool chart up on their Facebook page, explaining which chemicals produce the colors you see in fireworks. How cool is that? Tomorrow, when the rockets glare red, you'll know that's actually strontium carbonate.

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Thanks, Nicole Wieler!

Anal fireworks lead to lawsuit

A student is suing his fraternity after a drunken acquaintance inserted a bottle rocket into himself and ignited it. The fireworks failed to launch, instead exploding inside his anus, thereby sending the startled plaintiff sprawling off a deck. He is also suing the acquaintance, whose injuries remain unclear. [Courthouse News]