I remember how the news used to do segments every year about how dangerous fireworks were. Usually they took the position that if you play with fireworks someone will get maimed or killed. One year they slipped up and had a kid on camera who said he'd had firecrackers go off in his hand and it just made his fingers tingle for a while.
Of course he was talking about actual firecrackers (the little ones that are skinnier than a cigarette) and not M80s or quarter-sticks.
Another time, they wanted to demonstrate how dangerous it was to have fireworks in your car, so they packed the truck full of fireworks and used a remote detonator to set it off. I can't help wondering; If having fireworks in your car is so unbelievably dangerous, why didn't they just put the fireworks in the trunk and wait for it to spontaneously explode? After all, most people aren't going to hook a remote detonator to it.
As many as 10,000 Fourth of July revelers were just settling into their seats for the fireworks show at a Simi Valley park when a bright plume of red and white bursts spread across the ground, injuring 28 people and sending others fleeing for safety.
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