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LeaflessMapleTree
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So it's Victoria Day today in Canada, and I bought some fireworks and set them off in the park. And it cost me $30. And it sucked. I mean it was kinda cool to light them, but it's basically a pop and a coloured light flying up in the air, and then it's gone. I should've splurged for 5 really expensive ones than bought a whole bunch of cheap ones.

It's capped off what has been a depressing day [Frown]

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I remember last year lighting bottle rockets and throwing them in the lake, and they would swish in the water and then light up the water when they finally exploded. It was rather neat, and probably not very legal.

I agree, they aren't really fun, unless you are buying 100 dollars worth of them, and big loud ones.

We also tied about 12 mortars together and lit them all at once, but they didn't really fly at the same time, though.

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1958Fury
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quote:
Originally posted by MapleLeaf:
So it's Victoria Day today in Canada, and I bought some fireworks and set them off in the park. And it cost me $30. And it sucked. I mean it was kinda cool to light them, but it's basically a pop and a coloured light flying up in the air, and then it's gone. I should've splurged for 5 really expensive ones than bought a whole bunch of cheap ones.

It's capped off what has been a depressing day [Frown]

Usually I wait until the day after the holiday, and buy them half price.... so I celebrate a day late, big deal. If you store them right, they still work next year.

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bonfires are a better bang for your buck. Nothing like a great huge fire and some good music.

you can also play the "what's flammable" game if you don't care for your eyebrows that much.

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I wish I could get fireworks here, they are hard to get and the ones smuggled in are way expensive.

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Chimera
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bonfires? Yep they http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v136/River/?action=view¤t=fire.jpg are much safer. My dad loves his fires. I have to scan a pick of this years adventures. Good thing the neighbours put up a wooden privacy fence.

I have never thought fireworks were worth the price, but to each his own. My son loves the things and gets the big exploding ones while he's out of state traveling with his grandparents. They are illegal here but they look kind of cool... I just don't see why (aside from the thrill of trying to get away with something) anyone would buy the things.

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Troberg
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I'm cheap. I just enjoy watching other people's fireworks. Not only does it save me money, it also saves me some fingers, eyes and hearing.

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I find the cheaper the fireworks the more fun they are. The stores here have these little bitty ones that have helicopter-like wings and they fly way way up while spinning. A traditional Japanese one is the senko-hanabi, which you just have to see the real thing to undertand but they are extremely cheap, very pretty, and lots of fun for kids. They are a special kind of sparkler that hangs down like a string.
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I used to love sparkers as a kid, tracing shapes in the air...

Here's a puzzler, are the patterns you get when waving them about after-images or smoke?

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LeaflessMapleTree
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They're illegal here in Toronto, too for the general public, except on holiday weekends. I've just never set them off myself, before, so I figured it'd be fun. And it would have been moreso if I could have lit a bunch at once and been able to afford the cool ones.

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The only nice fireworks I bought were those "light once, fire six times".
They were a large rocket-shaped container with a fuse, when you lit the fuse six rockets with nice effects were launched one after the other. You could step back after lighting the fuse and watch a small fireworks display.

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MapleLeaf, maybe you can tell me, did fireworks just recently become legal for the average Ontarian? I seem to remember my classmates engaging in some impressive "Smurf Detonation" with firecrackers twenty years ago, but I've barely even seen them in the interim. I'm no pyro, but if they're available to us proles, I could possibly put them to use as special effects.

Max "not aspiring to be Welles" Renn

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I suppose I could have my Dad send you some of these [Big Grin] They might make a big enough band for you [Wink] . (Thats my Dad in the pic)

They are from the 2005 Milford NH fireworks show.

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LeaflessMapleTree
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quote:
Originally posted by Max_Renn:
MapleLeaf, maybe you can tell me, did fireworks just recently become legal for the average Ontarian? I seem to remember my classmates engaging in some impressive "Smurf Detonation" with firecrackers twenty years ago, but I've barely even seen them in the interim. I'm no pyro, but if they're available to us proles, I could possibly put them to use as special effects.

Max "not aspiring to be Welles" Renn

As far as I know, they've been legal forever. Just on holiday weekends, though.

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quote:
Originally posted by abigsmurf:
I used to love sparkers as a kid, tracing shapes in the air...

Here's a puzzler, are the patterns you get when waving them about after-images or smoke?

Slightly off topic, but I've always found it funny that parents will generally keep kids far away from fireworks because of their danger, and then hand them a sharp stick of burning magnesium to race around the yard with [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by 1958Fury:
quote:
Originally posted by MapleLeaf:
So it's Victoria Day today in Canada, and I bought some fireworks and set them off in the park. And it cost me $30. And it sucked. I mean it was kinda cool to light them, but it's basically a pop and a coloured light flying up in the air, and then it's gone. I should've splurged for 5 really expensive ones than bought a whole bunch of cheap ones.

It's capped off what has been a depressing day [Frown]

Usually I wait until the day after the holiday, and buy them half price.... so I celebrate a day late, big deal. If you store them right, they still work next year.
[Cool] I do that too. I used to have an annual 5th of July party.

I also tend to buy fireworks that aren't really clear on what they do. Sometimes I get dissapointed, but sometimes I get really amused. [Smile]

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I'm also mostly in the camp of just watching other peoples stuff. I'm terrified at what my kid might have. When he's out of town with his grandparents they buy him all kinds of dangerous crap and expect me to light the things. I hate to think of how much they pay. Last year was one of the few times I've actually said a naughty word in front of my kid. Legally we aren't allowed anything that explodes in the air in this state so I was a bit surprised by some of the fireworks. (The only other time that I know my kid heard curse words from me was when my dad set my car on fire with me in it.)

I kind of like little fire crackers. They are pretty cheap and its fun to put them in toys and stuff to see what they'll do.

I'm more of a do it yourself person. Give me a can, a candle, some flour and a tube and it'll keep me amused. When you blow the flour or other flamable in the air *whosh* (fireball)... well it amuses me and its cheap compared to fire works.

Chim "Pedro's fire works, does your's? South of the Border" era

As fires go I always like putting chemicals in them. Soak pine cones in copper sulfate and you'll get crackling green sparks. That's my favourite effect... but then again green is my favourite colour. I love green and I love fire, I think more fires should be green. I've even made green effect fireplace pinecones as gifts when I was younger. I bet some people thought I was a strange child.

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LeaflessMapleTree
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(The only other time that I know my kid heard curse words from me was when my dad set my car on fire with me in it.)
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As fires go I always like putting chemicals in them.
You really have lived an extraordinarily unique life, Chimera [Eek!]

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My dad likes to put some sort of acetylene (sp?) in ballons and blow them up. Sounds like a cannon going off. We were never really popular with the police because of that [Razz]

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quote:
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I agree, they aren't really fun, unless you are buying 100 dollars worth of them, and big loud ones.

We also tied about 12 mortars together and lit them all at once, but they didn't really fly at the same time, though.

That's what we did the last time I got fireworks (in Michigan that is, here in Chicago even sparklers are illegal!) Actually I think it totalled to about 200 dollars because my brother and I bought $100 worth on the way up to his friend's house, and his friend bought nearly $100 more...

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Turned out really great. Most of the fireworks were good quality and looked awesome. My favorite though was the fireworks with the photos that were a ripoff of South Park, although the shells themselves were pretty lame, the package and tubes were very amusing.
We also took a bunch of mortars and etc, (15 or so?) glued them to a board , and hooked up their fuses so they'd go off in series. When playing with that much explosive power, it's nice that my brother's friend is a doctor (although he was usually the one lighting all the fuses!)

More photos of the fireworks going off here if anyone's interested:

[URL=http://www.chicagocanine.com/july4th/fireworks/ ]Fireworks "show" - http://www.chicagocanine.com/july4th/fireworks/ [/URL] Not bad for amateur-quality fireworks!

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Every year we have a fire works display at the lake. It is put on by the park we have a lot at. After they light up all their stuff, everyone else can set off anything they had bought. We don't usually buy more than $20 worth of stuff, but we get to see a lot of sparkles...

Now as for bon fires, we had one for homecoming when I was in high school that exploded. Someone had thrown a small gas can in. That was pretty scary.

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I am terrified of starting a fire-especially a wild fire(my family all lives on the wild borders where the population meets the dry grass on the hills), so I am very anti home fireworks. And besides that people buy too many of those awful whistlers. Nothing worse than listening to that sound for 10 straight hours.

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Ganz, that is an adorable picture.

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