A 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."
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.”
[YouTube via Reddit]
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)."
Fireworks displays are fun for most humans, but pretty terrifying for pets. Read the rest
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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.]
Beautiful footage of a DJI Phantom quadcopter drone flying through a fireworks display.
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!