jmr61: You people know WAY too much about fireworks.I quit thinking about them when I was about 14.
badhatharry: Mortars are serious business. This doesn't make sense to people today since you don't need a background check to buy it. Don't fark around with them. Make sure you use them correctly and place them on a firm level base. I have seen one fall over and bombard the crowd. It was like a Vietnam movie with explosions and people diving for cover.
StoPPeRmobile: Only 100 or so of these left at the convienience store around the corner.[www.kgfireworks.com image 287x584]But nothing beats snakes and sparklers.
LargeCanine: Fuse, not wick.
destrip: What bothered me almost as much as a person losing his hand was the fact that the cops had to go for the revenue grubbing opportunity anyway. isn't loss of a major body part enough of a lesson learned?
Rabbitgod: Darwin can't win them all it seems.
orezona: Mortars are awesome when they blow up on land.
My Yali or Yours: This should not be condoned.Please, no one give him a hand.
FormlessOne: badhatharry: Mortars are serious business. This doesn't make sense to people today since you don't need a background check to buy it. Don't fark around with them. Make sure you use them correctly and place them on a firm level base. I have seen one fall over and bombard the crowd. It was like a Vietnam movie with explosions and people diving for cover.I love watching stupid people injure themselves, however. Between my neighborhood and the Internet, it's practically a hobby.And this time of year is holiday season for my hobby. There's nothing like the rash of injuries that occur in the Puget Sound area this time of year. I wish we had holiday carols for the "Exploding Idjits Day" weekend.
skinink: "Medford police said David Jerald Jenkins, 37, tried to relight a mortar that had failed to ignite in the driveway of a home...."Reportedly, spectators saw his running toward the explosion while yelling, "LEEEEEEEEEEEEEROY JENKINS!"
The water was cold: I think this goes beyond "FAIL", and deserves the "DUMBASS" tag./At least he didn't try to imitate the Jackass stunt// Come to think of it, maybe he should have
bunner: You know how, like, when you go to a huge fireworks display, there's some cats in overalls with safety goggles and they have this huge, elevated platform and all the mortar launchers are wired with LoVo driven pyro matches and they have permits and key operated trigger consoles and redundant wiring and sensors and sh*t? There a reason for that. True fact.
Vitiare: This headline makes no sense.
HST's Dead Carcass: This is why I am in charge of the Brother In law's fireworks show. I'm one of the few sober people there. No one is allowed to light off ANYTHING without my say so and supervision. We draw chalk lines on the driveway for the kids to queue up, then we have a 'launch box' for the kids where they are to light whatever fireworks they bring to the box.A few years back one of the kids snuck off with a bunch of Black Cats after I continually warned him not to light them off until it was his turn and I could watch. No more than an hour goes by and he's running to his mom crying his eyes out because one went off in his hand. Not only did he get singed fingers, but his mom chewed him out for doing it. In his defense, the kid is a firebug, almost to the point of Trashcan Man from The Stand.Aside from that little brat, no other injuries at all, I always put on a great display with about 600 Mortars (I take the time to actually make them mesh when they explode and try to time them... fuses make it tricky to be 'professional'), and everyone enjoys the display.
uatuba: Umm...they're not all wired to squibs. We hand light a few many times as well.
muck4doo: Vitiare: This headline makes no sense.It's east coast humor.
fjnorton: I imagine they will ban the sale of fireworks soon as that is what the Boston bomber deekheads used.
studebaker hoch: "They tried to light it, (and) it dudded out," Budreau said. "It didn't launch into the air. It just kind of flew into the driveway."Sounds like the lift charge misfired, barely ejecting the shell from the mortar tube and and failing to light burst charge fuse.The burst charge was never meant to be lit by a human being. The fuse timing is too short. The charge is too strong.It sounds like this guy held the unfired shell in his hand, and lit the fuse. The mass of his hand would have at least partially confined the burst charge, causing it to explode with more force than the manufacturer ever intended. So his flesh gets blown off his bones, all with a cheery shower of sparks and colored stars. Yay!Now we have another accident to add to the books, making it that much harder for the rest of us to buy anything cool. Thanks, idiot./ It's supposed to be "oooh, ahhh" not "OWWW AAAHHHHHHH!"
Tyrone Slothrop: My Yali or Yours: This should not be condoned.Please, no one give him a hand.We are building a fireworks show of extraordinary magnitude. We forge our tradition in the spirit of our ancestors. You have our gratitude.
pedrop357: fjnorton: I imagine they will ban the sale of fireworks soon as that is what the Boston bomber deekheads used.Massachusetts already bans all (or damn near all) consumer fireworks.
Rapmaster2000: I used to blow all my money on fireworks when I was a kid. Do they still sell fireworks to children? That seems like a bad idea in retrospect, but then I never did blow my hand off.
studebaker hoch: Man, I saw a picture of some guy who had an explosive of some kind go off in his mouth.I'm not going to GIS for "explosive mouth injury", but you can./ you'll know the pic when you find it.
BigNumber12: Rapmaster2000: I used to blow all my money on fireworks when I was a kid. Do they still sell fireworks to children? That seems like a bad idea in retrospect, but then I never did blow my hand off.Yep. Funny how very many of us came through childhood completely unscathed.But no, it's the fireworks that are the problem.
Deep Contact: I say screw the fireworks this year. At 10pm everyone get there gun out and shoot it in the air.Of course, use a blank.
Berz: Consumer fireworks that explode, fly into the air, travel more than 6 feet horizontally or travel more than 12 inches vertically from the ignition point are illegal under Oregon law.
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