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(Washington Times)   China now supplies 99% of all fireworks used in the US, 100% of all bandages used to treat accidents   (washingtontimes.com) divider line 17
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2013-07-08 08:03:30 AM
100% of teh bath salts
 
2013-07-08 08:06:19 AM
I know fark hates China but ...
China invented fireworks, gunpowder etc.
 
2013-07-08 08:38:20 AM

mr0x: I know fark hates China but ...
China invented fireworks, gunpowder etc.


You completely missed the point didn't you?
 
2013-07-08 08:46:05 AM
I, for one, enjoyed my Chinese fireworks.


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2013-07-08 09:07:42 AM

Jon iz teh kewl: 100% of teh bath salts


Amsterdam provides the bath salts - at least the ones laced with designer drugs.

As for China making fireworks... why not? They created the art ages ago, and now they are taking all the risks making the stuff.

This year we had some nice mortars... probably the highest I've seen them go, with some great effects.

/Grateful for the damp weather before the 4th and fireworks finally legal in my state (as of a couple of years ago)
 
2013-07-08 10:25:15 AM
I think part of the reason that the US fireworks industry barely exists now is that so many fireworks factories have gone boom over the years. One reason why Illinois has such strict fireworks laws was that from 1970 to 1973, a fireworks factory in Illinois exploded each year.

The legislative report (warning: large PDF) on the problem is an interesting read - interesting in the WTF sense. Often the state fire marshal didn't know these factories existed until after they blew up.

/saw the mushroom cloud rising from one of those incidents
 
2013-07-08 10:36:29 AM
Shipping that stuff must be entertaining.  "Dude, could you, like, not smoke next to that container?"
 
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2013-07-08 11:06:37 AM
I'm pretty sure we still have a few fireworks factories in Missouri that haven't blown up yet.
 
2013-07-08 11:36:14 AM
See, this is what I've been talking about. Government interference in business and unnecessary regulations have destroyed the US firework industry. Fireworks used to be a family business or something you did as a hobby in the basement until the nanny-state decided that it knew what was best for you. We all remember as kids going out to the shed to see Uncle Larry puttering around with his crates of explosives and half-dried chemicals. He'd hand us a bunch of cherry bombs and we'd go throw them at the younger kids and everybody would have a good time. That's something that Obama's America has taken away from today's generation. Now we have to celebrate America with Chinese goods. Thanks a lot Obama.
 
2013-07-08 01:56:05 PM
And every single one of those fireworks "shoots flaming balls".  What a great description!
 
2013-07-08 02:25:57 PM

cefm: And every single one of those fireworks "shoots flaming balls".  What a great description!


For the record, they'll shoot non-flaming balls as well.
 
2013-07-08 02:45:14 PM

Gunny Walker: cefm: And every single one of those fireworks "shoots flaming balls".  What a great description!

For the record, they'll shoot non-flaming balls as well.


So that's from the voice of experience, I gather?

Ouch.
 
2013-07-08 03:15:06 PM
The other 1% are made by teenage boys in the garage.
 
2013-07-08 05:14:37 PM
[Red] China now supplies 99% of all fireworks everything used in the US


bow before your soon to be Masters.
 
2013-07-08 06:59:44 PM
I love how the article acts as if this is something new, this whole "fireworks mostly come from China" thing. Or that China is still a "communist" nation. Folks, China has been the main player in fireworks since the 7th century when they invented them. I'm not sure what the Moonies are going for here, but while there's certainly reason to worry about the proliferation of Chinese goods... the fireworks ain't exactly a new thing.
 
2013-07-08 07:36:04 PM
Cheaply made, rocket propelled explosives designed for sale to the general public?  What could go wrong?

/thanks neighbor for almost setting my roof on fire last Thursday
/my dog spontaneously pooped on my carpet when the mortar exploded
 
2013-07-08 10:10:21 PM
I sell wound care, mostly German stuff surprisingly.
 
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