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Dave1982 07-04-2012 03:30 AM

Everyone have a happy and SAFE Fourth of July
I hope all our US members have a happy and safe holiday tomorrow. If you're working, I hope the SCs stay home :p

But above all, if anyone's planning anything with fireworks, be careful. Here's a cautionary tale that just happened in Pelham NH a short time ago:

EDIT: Link no longer works. THe story was that some people in Pelham NH were setting up for a fireworks display (legal in NH) and there was an accident, and their entire show's worth of fireworks went off at once in an explosion, injuring 6 adults and 3 children. Two of the children has to be airlifted to Boston for treatment.

Suffice it to say, be careful.

RecoveringKinkoid 07-04-2012 05:22 AM

My kid burned her hand on a sparkler a couple years ago. She still has a scar.

Did you know sparklers burn hot as a welding torch? If you wouldn't hand a small child a welding torch, don't hand them a sparkler. A piece of...I dont' know what that stuff is on a sparkler...popped off, landed on her hand, melted into her skin and just kept burning. It was HORRIBLE.

I dont' mean to be a wet blanket, but let me tell you want a wet blanket is: Going through that with a kid. We don't do that crap anymore.

Please be careful with your incendiary devices tomorrow. Have fun, stay cool, and don't get hurt or burn anything down. ;)

Lovecats 07-04-2012 12:00 PM

When I was a kid (back in the olden days:D) we would go up to my grandparent's farm for the 4th. My Dad would get sparklers and hand one to my brother and me. Never got burned or anything.

dragon_wings 07-04-2012 02:13 PM

Might I add: drink plenty of water if you'll be out in the sun and heat.
Happy Fourth everyone!

wolfie 07-04-2012 11:51 PM

Got an "access denied" when I tried to follow the link - even when I tried to go to the top level (

One (probably false) attribution I read years ago dealing with fireworks:

Confucious say: Fireworks can be embarrassing. Careless handling can lead to loss of face.

ralerin 07-05-2012 11:51 PM

A similar story happened earlier in a little town in Washington. Somebody had stored the city's fireworks in a metal can near a guy's auto shop ($80,000 worth of fireworks) and the guy went out and tested his new rifle on a bunch of old cans sitting out near some junk cars.


Nobody was killed, but the city had no fireworks this year.

PepperElf 07-06-2012 01:07 AM
Boy injured in Pelham fireworks explosion improving

I won't lie... I really DID want to try some fireworks this year. But it's been so fucking hot my county & the next county to the south banned it (and open fires) temporarily because the grass is so dry. Seriously some of it's turned crunchy. People still violated it tho - cops were issuing a lot of citations ranging from $50 to $500.

But fireworks are legal all year round here so maybe I'll still get a chance to try some out. One of the more popular stores is open all year round. So hell, maybe we can have christmas fireworks too.

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