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Watch fireworks or light your own?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by novelist_wannabe, Jul 3, 2008.


Here's your chance to identify yourself as a pyromaniac. Or not.

  1. DIY, man. Light'em up

    5 vote(s)
  2. I like my fingers just like they are. Watch'em

    19 vote(s)
  1. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    Was wondering as I was pondering my 7/4 plans -- and driving past one of the dozen or so tents selling various incendiaries around my town -- how many people prefer blowing shit up on their own
  2. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    When I lived in my hometown, my friends and I would always dip below the Pennsylvania border to buy a ton of fireworks, and we'd go to an abandoned field and light them. It was a lot of fun. But I'd rather watch them.

    I never bought any; I was just the driver. I see buying fireworks as a waste of money, and I'd always stand back and watch those hoodlums have their fun. It was great to watch, which was fun enough for me.
  3. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    I enjoy them, but I like keeping my money and going to watch them in town for free.

    I'm saddened a very small bit that my kids have not had the experience of a Lady Finger going off in their hand or a bottle rocket battle with close calls. Injurious, but good learning experiences.
  4. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    I was expecting more of an advocating post from a person named SixToe.
  5. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member

    At my last gig, the son of a woman in advertising had his hands blown off by firecrackers.

    I'll sit back, watch and wish I was somewhere else, thank you very much.
  6. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I always liked playing with firecrackers and bottle rockets as a kid. As a parent, the thought of my kid messing with them makes me anxious.

    And the nice fireworks that make pretty colors in the sky are really expensive. I'll watch for free, thanks.
  7. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Well, we don't know if that's six toes total or per foot.
  8. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    I love shooting them off -- got a system where I'll set up two or three of those big multishot deals to go off at the same time and make a nice finale -- but living adjacent to a well-traveled highway with powerlines, a tree and neighbors nixes those plans. So does the fact it'd cost $60 or $70, minimum, to do the kind of display I'd like.
  9. terrier

    terrier Well-Known Member

    I only watch, but there's much less to watch this year. Providence, which I get a great view of from my deck, had to cancel because they landed too close to big buildings. And down the shore, Narragansett cancelled because they were shot too close to breeding piping plovers (when bad things happen or good things get cancelled at R.I. beaches, it's usually because of piping plovers).
    The PawSox always put on a great display (July 2-5 this year), but big trees to my northeast deny me a good view.
    The girl across the street from me (who we suspect works for or runs an escort service) had a huge party one year in which people were launching bottle rockets in the street, less than 10 feet from my garage (I was working, and Mrs. T's calls to the cops were ignored, as per July 4 custom). The next morning, I found three spent shells on my deck.
    We should've asked for compensation in services.
  10. expendable

    expendable Well-Known Member

    Speaking of do-it-yourself fireworks. I've missed watching my favorite clip this time of year, when the Burearu of We Want You To Have No Fun shows how damaging fireworks can be, by blowing up a watermelon and a doll. It's almost like Christmas without the Fa La La La La La La La La.

    That said, I'll just watch.
  11. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    I guess I was just assuming. I just wish someone was there to tell me what happened when I did that.
  12. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    How much gas would you burn to go to the big city fireworks show? It might be more cost effective than you think.
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