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(KNBC 4 Los Angeles)   More than a dozen hurt in Simi Valley, CA fireworks explosion   (nbclosangeles.com) divider line 84
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2013-07-05 07:27:05 AM  
i would like to explode in simi's valley, if you know what i mean

more info here, extremely nsfw
 
2013-07-05 07:44:14 AM  
Kalifornia tag?
 
2013-07-05 07:49:49 AM  
Fireworks?

Simi Valley?


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pic is borrowed
 
2013-07-05 08:01:50 AM  
I love that the video taker just starts screaming "RUN!"...and then stops to take more video while still screaming it.

\last night's were a bit disappointing, not as many in the neighborhood as usual
\\last year we had three neighbors battling it out at the same time
 
2013-07-05 08:17:49 AM  

MadAzza: Revek: thisdaydreamer: In other news, you drunken idiot of a neighbor is still annoyed at the local fireworks restrictions.

Seriously, best of luck to everyone involved. Fireworks are scary, even in the right hands.

Are you a little biatch.... YES you are!!!

Why the fark is everyone (OK, just a couple of idiots) jumping on that guy? And how do you macho, fearless he-men type with only six or seven fingers?


I use my thumb and index finger to type so I can keep the middle fingers pointed at YOU!

Fireworks scary..... must be a millennial.
 
2013-07-05 08:22:13 AM  
Were they hurt hurt or lawsuit hurt?
 
2013-07-05 08:24:33 AM  

FriarReb98: I love that the video taker just starts screaming "RUN!"...and then stops to take more video while still screaming it.

\last night's were a bit disappointing, not as many in the neighborhood as usual
\\last year we had three neighbors battling it out at the same time


A large crowd panicking and running often causes more problems than simply hitting the deck would.
 
2013-07-05 08:41:31 AM  
Had a similar situation at our little fireworks show a few years ago. My friend's dog got away and knocked over the tubes with its tail as the fuses were burning. Nothing we could do but run like hell or hit the ground. Fortunately, no one was injured, just some ringing ears and, possibly, shiat stained pants.
 
2013-07-05 09:14:24 AM  

MadAzza: Revek: thisdaydreamer: In other news, you drunken idiot of a neighbor is still annoyed at the local fireworks restrictions.

Seriously, best of luck to everyone involved. Fireworks are scary, even in the right hands.

Are you a little biatch.... YES you are!!!

Why the fark is everyone (OK, just a couple of idiots) jumping on that guy? And how do you macho, fearless he-men type with only six or seven fingers?


Hopefully, Revek's, WhoopAssWayne's, and Medic Zero's hands are still functioning so that they can start jerkin' each other off stat.

If not, they'll just have to get together and settle for f*ckin' and suckin'. NTTAWWT.

But really, take it down a notch, ladies.
 
2013-07-05 09:19:34 AM  

thisdaydreamer: In other news, you drunken idiot of a neighbor is still annoyed at the local fireworks restrictions.


Not everyone who uses fireworks is a drunken idiot.

Unfortunately, the idiots often ruin it for everybody. I live in CA and they only allow lame "safe and sane" fireworks, and that's only if your city allows it (many don't.) We would have to drive to another state if we wanted our kids to legally have a real fireworks experience like our parents used to have.

I know, fire danger and all, but it's still lame.
 
2013-07-05 10:04:15 AM  
My daughter is hypersensitive to the sound and we've had to forego fireworks after several years of "bad experiences" at shows.  This year, we thought we'd found a location that was far enough away, yet offered a decent view of the distant display  It was a great stretch of greenbelt and we pretty much had the lawn to ourselves.  Less than an hour before the show, some yahoos at a house near the greenbelt began to intermittently set off some bottle rockets from their roof, which startled my daughter.  (No, in fact, you just can't win).  We almost moved, but it was 15 minutes 'til the real show, and I figured this brain trust would hold off their own fireworks during the show.  It got quiet, and I could see that these guys had taken a break and were peeing off the edge of the roof, doing those things that guys who have drunk all day will do: teasing each other by pretending to "push" one another off the roof, peeing at each other's feet, peeing higher up the pitched roof to watch it run down toward a buddy, etc...  (Darwin came to mind).  They finished, without incident, but on their way back to their seats, they knocked over their cooler and beers rolled down the roof. Some went over the side, some got caught by the rain gutter.  There was some language, then some laughter as the perp went to the edge and plucked the beers out of the rain gutter, almost falling off in the process. (Darwin you are a tease).  Anyhow, 9pm, waiting for the show to begin and the yahoos began shouting.  Don't know what happened, but a roman candle was lit and I assumed that they dropped it.  It was shooting stars, along the roof as it rolled, spun, as they kicked, stomped, yelled.  This all happened within 2 seconds off my looking back. And then one of the guys stepped right off the roof and just cartwheeled over.  Did not even see a hand go out and he disappeared from view.  It was one story, but I would assume a patio was below.  Anyhow, things got real quiet real fast, then more shouting, women's voices, screams...  Then the real show began.  Almost 20 minutes later, near the end of the show, I looked back again and saw the lights of a firetruck and an ambulance, so I know some damage was done.  Waiting for the paper to see if the guy is okay/possible fark link/Darwin won.
 
2013-07-05 10:05:15 AM  
There's a lot to be said for fireworks displays like Thunder Over Louisville where the launchers are located on barges and bridges thousands of feet from most spectators.

/around 56,000 shells were shot at this year's Thunder...
 
2013-07-05 10:19:55 AM  
My dad used to operate the fireworks stands for the local optimist club.  I remember large large quantities of fireworks at my disposal.  I mixed, I matched, I cut them open and combined them at the tender age of 8.  I always knew they would burn me badly or even kill me.  This was demonstrated by a really old 8mm safety film that we watched.  The only injuries I ever acquired over the years were some burns.  I still have all my fingers and am always going to criticize people who think only professionals are competent to set off fireworks.  What a crock.  Up until they passed the laws that would make me a terrorist for doing it I made my own shells.  It was a safe hobby because I was safe.  I'm really sorry some of you are frightened by them but don't expect those of us who enjoy them to give you any slack.
 
2013-07-05 10:33:13 AM  

stainedglassdoll: That was seriously the craziest and most terrifying (but kind of awesome) fireworks show I've ever seen.  Think of a giant fireworks show, then imagine 6 of them in a big circle less than a half mile in diameter and hundreds/thousands of people in the middle.  Also, they're all being lit by amateurs.  We saw several explode on the ground, near people (and us), and no one seemed to be bothered.  I was covered in firework ash (basically little bits of cardboard) by the end of it.


During the shows my uncle worked that I mentioned in a previous post, they would always make one or two mortars a low-burst, so it would blow at about 10-20 feet off the ground. It's the blast for the crew, because it is SUCH a rush to be a part of that (the only thing approaching is the adrenaline rush from roller coasters, or sky diving, or something like that). Once the shell has been launched, the biggest direct dangers are impact (some of those are 12" wide) and burns, but we're not necessarily talking mass casualties. It's like having a firecracker in your hand; if you close your hand, you'll blow it off, but if you leave your hand open, the injuries aren't so bad. Having the shells explode inside the mortar? Now you're talking a scale that isn't much different from a roadside bomber/terrorist attack (it's not that much different from a pressure cooker).

The other (and far larger) danger with uncontrolled shells going off like that? It's that they may set off the REST of the fireworks show. This is hands-down the nightmare scenario for any crew, because at that point, the only option is to GTFO and hope no one gets hurt. As I said, we never had any injuries, but there were definitely uncontrolled expolosions. I'm not sure there's a show that goes off without one.

/fun part is learning to spot those on the TV shows
 
2013-07-05 10:44:22 AM  
What does Fred Phelps think about this?
 
2013-07-05 11:05:18 AM  

FriarReb98: \last night's were a bit disappointing, not as many in the neighborhood as usual


I wish I could say the same. Not only a lot of fireworks, but some idiot kept firing them off after 1 a.m. Really loud ones too.
 
2013-07-05 11:09:12 AM  
The fireworks company must have felt bad.  They gave the people up front free chrysanthemums.
 
2013-07-05 11:57:43 AM  

thisdaydreamer: Fireworks are scary, even in the right hands.


Yeah, until that right hand gets blown off.
 
2013-07-05 12:07:59 PM  

studebaker hoch: The fireworks company must have felt bad.  They gave the people up front free chrysanthemums.


Easy for you to say, Duce Staley.

/too obscure?
 
2013-07-05 12:50:52 PM  
I was right up front for the show last night. That was some scary stuff. My friends stepson was one of the four critically injured and was taken to Los Robles MC with 3rd degree burns. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts.
 
2013-07-05 01:02:42 PM  

FatSteveWasted: I was right up front for the show last night. That was some scary stuff. My friends stepson was one of the four critically injured and was taken to Los Robles MC with 3rd degree burns. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts.


Do they need blood? I'm O+, and can drive to the hospital if need be.

/also, part of the church in West SFV. Can we help?
 
2013-07-05 01:32:10 PM  

Peki: FatSteveWasted: I was right up front for the show last night. That was some scary stuff. My friends stepson was one of the four critically injured and was taken to Los Robles MC with 3rd degree burns. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts.

Do they need blood? I'm O+, and can drive to the hospital if need be.

/also, part of the church in West SFV. Can we help?


So far as I know, they are good on blood. Thank you so much for the offer though. If I hear of anything they need though I'll it post here.
 
2013-07-05 01:47:19 PM  

FatSteveWasted: Thank you so much for the offer though. If I hear of anything they need though I'll it post here.


No worries. I have EIP, so feel free to send a message my way too. Best wishes!
 
2013-07-05 02:16:03 PM  
As anyone down here already knows, there is NEVER a good reason to be in Simi Valley. Bunch of rednecks and child molesters.
 
2013-07-05 02:51:44 PM  

Peki: /there really isn't a safe distance when it come to fireworks. It's a (precariously) controlled explosion.


This isnt even remotely true.  There is always a safe distance, and technicians should be using electronic fire control from inside a bunker.

Fireworks accidents are  very easy to avoid, most people are just morons... and half the "professionals" that I see are just guys who got a license and are still dumb/lazy.  They had a mortar rack get knocked over on its side and shoot into the crowd?  They automatically made two mistakes:

1) the crowd should always be outside the maximum range of a shell regardless of the angle of fire
2) those racks should have been mounted to the ground.  We spike our racks into the ground, just like you would any other temporary structure.  You'll spike a camping tent but not a giant rack of explosives???  Doing anything less is irresponsible.

Especially when you consider that the technicians are at greater risk than anyone, you think they'd go out of their way to save their  own lives....

/Amateur pyro technician
 
2013-07-05 03:00:18 PM  

TalonZahn: MadAzza: Revek: thisdaydreamer: In other news, you drunken idiot of a neighbor is still annoyed at the local fireworks restrictions.

Seriously, best of luck to everyone involved. Fireworks are scary, even in the right hands.

Are you a little biatch.... YES you are!!!

Why the fark is everyone (OK, just a couple of idiots) jumping on that guy? And how do you macho, fearless he-men type with only six or seven fingers?

I use my thumb and index finger to type so I can keep the middle fingers pointed at YOU!

Fireworks scary..... must be a millennial.


To clarify, which always seems necessary here: I'm fine with fireworks. I was wondering why everyone's panties were in a wad about a fairly common opinion the OP expressed. The reactions seemed a little out of proportion, that's all.
 
2013-07-05 04:46:40 PM  
@MadAzza - I was just jerking your chain for giggles.

For me, I was raised in a time where we could walk to the fireworks stand and buy anything, money permitting, go home and light it.

I'm used to having Black Cats go off by my fingers from a fast fuse, getting hit by shrapnel from things we shouldn't have blown up, etc.

However, I'm an old man with little kids now. I buy them what they like, and let them light it with supervision.

They are not allowed to hold/throw anything though. I wouldn't say scary, but proceed with caution, yes.
 
2013-07-05 04:55:35 PM  
They really shouldn't have booked Great White
 
2013-07-05 07:11:07 PM  

FatSteveWasted: I was right up front for the show last night. That was some scary stuff. My friends stepson was one of the four critically injured and was taken to Los Robles MC with 3rd degree burns. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts.


I live in Simi, but was at a cookout. A friend of mine named Tina was hit by a hot projectile also. Scary. She is ok, but won't be in the front ever again she says...
 
2013-07-05 07:23:58 PM  

MOPAR BLUE: FatSteveWasted: I was right up front for the show last night. That was some scary stuff. My friends stepson was one of the four critically injured and was taken to Los Robles MC with 3rd degree burns. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts.

I live in Simi, but was at a cookout. A friend of mine named Tina was hit by a hot projectile also. Scary. She is ok, but won't be in the front ever again she says...


I'm sorry to hear that, but I'm glad she's OK.
 
2013-07-05 07:25:14 PM  
Damn. I didn't expect that kind of reaction. Maybe it was the missing r?
 
2013-07-05 07:30:30 PM  

FatSteveWasted: MOPAR BLUE: FatSteveWasted: I was right up front for the show last night. That was some scary stuff. My friends stepson was one of the four critically injured and was taken to Los Robles MC with 3rd degree burns. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts.

I live in Simi, but was at a cookout. A friend of mine named Tina was hit by a hot projectile also. Scary. She is ok, but won't be in the front ever again she says...

I'm sorry to hear that, but I'm glad she's OK.


How is the kid doing?
 
2013-07-05 07:43:52 PM  

MOPAR BLUE: FatSteveWasted: MOPAR BLUE: FatSteveWasted: I was right up front for the show last night. That was some scary stuff. My friends stepson was one of the four critically injured and was taken to Los Robles MC with 3rd degree burns. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts.

I live in Simi, but was at a cookout. A friend of mine named Tina was hit by a hot projectile also. Scary. She is ok, but won't be in the front ever again she says...

I'm sorry to hear that, but I'm glad she's OK.

How is the kid doing?


He's doing alright. I just got a call saying he sustained burns to his lower extremities, but he'll be OK. Definitely scary though.
 
2013-07-06 03:51:10 AM  

TalonZahn: @MadAzza - I was just jerking your chain for giggles.

For me, I was raised in a time where we could walk to the fireworks stand and buy anything, money permitting, go home and light it.

I'm used to having Black Cats go off by my fingers from a fast fuse, getting hit by shrapnel from things we shouldn't have blown up, etc.

However, I'm an old man with little kids now. I buy them what they like, and let them light it with supervision.

They are not allowed to hold/throw anything though. I wouldn't say scary, but proceed with caution, yes.


Ha, I might even be older than you. I was born in 1961. I have no idea what you can and can't buy now, but we used to buy whatever we wanted, which was pretty much anything, without any age limit or parental supervision. Then we'd tweak 'em to make them louder, flash bigger, that kind of thing. Well, you know.
 
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