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It’s the 4th of July today and we’re sure everyone’ll be celebrating Independence Day with the same time-tested recipe — cookouts and fireworks. This year, once again, we’ve heard tell of our friends and neighbors’ planned displays. In truth, sometimes it’s quite scary but just keep a few things in mind on our shared day of explosives and fun.

If you plan to light up the backyard and show the neighborhood what you got, send us some pics of your ostentatious display, especially if it lights the field next door on fire. Those are always the best stories.

In all seriousness we highly recommend that you check your local laws, understand the safety guidelines for the fireworks you buy, and learn how to properly dispose of them after firing. It was much less complicated when we were kids — light it, watch it explode, run away.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety [Website]


3 Responses to 4th Of July 2011

  1. browndog77 says:

    Please rethink the order of the actions in that last line!

  2. zoomzoomjeff says:

    Yes, my thoughts exactly. 🙂

    But it was indeed easier back then. Things I saw my dad do, and then later did myself, would today invoke monitoring by Homeland Security.

  3. Michael says:

    While “the field next door caught on fire” might be a funny story—MUCH later…

    I work hard to make sure that story never gets, or needs to be, told. I carefully place the launcher in the middle of the driveway as a flat, non-combustible surface, make sure the tube is clear, place the mortar so that there is plenty of fuse outside the tube, make sure the path to move out of the way is clear…then light it and move quickly to a safe distance.

    …and as I looked skyward I noticed that the tree next to the driveway had done a fair amount of growing in the last year and some of its branches projected a fair distance out over the driveway…and possibly the laucher.

    ….the mortar shot skyward–just missing the tree–and what a great explosion.

    AND then I moved the launcher a little further from the overhang of the tree!

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