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2022-07-05 10:55:44 AM  
I noticed in my neighborhood we have 2 types that did fireworks. First was the family types where they bought sparklers and other stuff for their children to enjoy. Next there was the moron crowd who buy the super duper loud explosive kind. One of them left their collection of fireworks on the side of their house where they were partying, and it rained in the morning. I laughed and enjoyed the stupidity of adolescent adults.
 
2022-07-05 10:56:08 AM  
We had same thing happen here (not in Florida) in the neighborhood next to us (and not a junky neighborhood, like $600-800k houses where that is like a 4,500 sq. ft house), they put their spent fireworks in the trashcan next to the garage, house completely burned down overnight.

1) COMPLETELY douse your spent fireworks

2) Put them in a bin and keep your bin by the street.
 
2022-07-05 10:58:37 AM  
Fire, how does it work?!
 
2022-07-05 10:59:04 AM  
"The occupant disposed of used fireworks believed to be out in a cardboard box in the garage, failing to extinguish them with water,"

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2022-07-05 10:59:17 AM  
We had a hose nearby and soaked the big stuff after they went off. Little stuff went into a water filled bucket.

We also watered the lawn and soaked the landscaping at our house and the next door neighbors, just to be safe.
 
2022-07-05 11:06:45 AM  
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2022-07-05 11:08:44 AM  
Stupid people get what they deserve.
 
2022-07-05 11:11:47 AM  
 
2022-07-05 11:11:49 AM  

jerryskid: Stupid people get what they deserve.


The problem with stupid people is that their stupidity means sometimes, other people get what they deserve.
 
2022-07-05 11:13:08 AM  
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2022-07-05 11:14:37 AM  
After four nights of making my neighborhood sound like a war zone, I'm surprised people didn't burn anything down. I can only assume some people took out second mortgages to pay for all their fireworks. Now they'll go back to complaining about gas prices.

Also, WTF is with setting off fireworks in broad daylight? It made a loud noise? Wooooooooo!
 
2022-07-05 11:15:36 AM  

Whatthefark: We had a hose nearby and soaked the big stuff after they went off. Little stuff went into a water filled bucket.

We also watered the lawn and soaked the landscaping at our house and the next door neighbors, just to be safe.


Range safety, it's a thing.  We have a house handy every year, soak the firework bricks after they're done, and then leave them at the curb in a soggy pile until the following morning before placing them in the trash.

I learned the importance of range safety about 15 years ago, when we were doing a big display at my uncle's beach house.  The house was up above a row of dunes, with a big deck where the whole family could watch while my Dad, me, and two of my cousins put on the display down on the sand. We'd keep the fireworks on the steps back up to the house, and only bring them out to the sand as we were using them.  Everything was angled out to sea, and we made sure nobody was between the fireworks and the water for safety.

The fireworks were near weapons-grade, purchased in South Carolina.  We usually used mortar tubes with the balls you individually light and drop into the tube, but that summer we had this massive nine shot brick of mortars.  Three yellow tubes, three red tubes, three yellow tubes.  I remember this because the first shot was a semi misfire, that sort of blooped out of the tube and knocked the brick over onto its side.  I was down the beach about 30 feet, and saw in my flashlight three yellow tubes, three red tubes, two yellow tubes, and a black hole.  It was pointed right at me.  I hit the beach face first while screaming at everyone else to get down, as the second shot missed me by about four feet.  The next seven shots then went screaming over my head and down the beach, exploding on the sand.  After the last round first, I checked on the people on the beach and luckily we were all OK.   But then we heard screaming from the house...

...because that first round which had knocked the block over ended up going off at the edge of the dunes, which were covered in sea grass. Very dry sea grass.  Which was now on fire and spreading.  Mercifully a couple of guys up at the house had run down the steps while we were cowering on the sand, and had run the hose from the end of the walkway that was used for rinsing off beach stuff and were fighting the fire on the dune.  The rest of us jumped in by shoveling sand on the grass, and we were able to put it out before it got out of control.  But it was a close-fought thing.

Every 4th of July since, we've had a hose not just available but in the hands of someone tasked with looking for embers.

4th of July: serious business.
 
2022-07-05 11:15:46 AM  
He didn't soak them fir....

"The occupant discarded fireworks in the garage without dousing them with water."

...nope. Nice article...gets right to the point at the very top. 10/10.
 
2022-07-05 11:21:26 AM  
Water. Bucket. Drop 'em in.

It's not that hard, folks...
 
2022-07-05 11:21:28 AM  

dletter: We had same thing happen here (not in Florida) in the neighborhood next to us (and not a junky neighborhood, like $600-800k houses where that is like a 4,500 sq. ft house), they put their spent fireworks in the trashcan next to the garage, house completely burned down overnight.

1) COMPLETELY douse your spent fireworks

2) Put them in a bin and keep your bin by the street.


It's worth pointing out that fireworks are more flammable than just the average discarded newspaper. Everyone along the manufacturing and vendor chain is typically on top of keeping them dry.

They're usually constructed with multiple layers of fine tissue paper...which isn't there just to make a mess, but to absorb any humidity and keep it from getting to the explosive ingredients. They're usually wrapped in plastic and other packaging.

Once they've gone off, it's a bunch of tissue paper covered in some unburnt explosive powder. When put together dry, it could spontaneously combust just with static electricity.

So yes, never underestimate the ability of hundreds of tiny little fizzy bombs to potentially destroy your house. Always douse with gasoline and store with a Van de Graff generator...if all the danger is in one spot, it can't get out of control.
 
2022-07-05 11:24:43 AM  
The homeowner rescued two of his three dogs, but one dog could not be accounted for, the news release states.
"The occupant disposed of used fireworks believed to be out in a cardboard box in the garage, failing to extinguish them with water," the news release states. "Investigators believe the heat of the fireworks started the fire in the box, which rapidly spread throughout the garage and the home."
No one was injured.


fark you.  Yeah, I know dogs aren't people, but fark you anyway.  Hopefully the dog got out and ran away.
 
2022-07-05 11:29:49 AM  
one word came to mind when i saw this

idiot
 
2022-07-05 11:30:10 AM  

dletter: We had same thing happen here (not in Florida) in the neighborhood next to us (and not a junky neighborhood, like $600-800k houses where that is like a 4,500 sq. ft house), they put their spent fireworks in the trashcan next to the garage, house completely burned down overnight.

1) COMPLETELY douse your spent fireworks

2) Put them in a bin and keep your bin by the street.


It wasn't fireworks, but ages ago when I lived in the country I came home to see the neighbor's house on fire. They had emptied their wood stove and put the ash can next to the house on the front porch, forgetting that under that aluminum siding was very flammable wood framing.
 
2022-07-05 11:33:43 AM  
Considering my neighbors seem to pop off fireworks whenever they feel bored I wouldn't mind if a few of them got a little scorched. I don't want them losing their house or anything but a small blacked corner of their law or garage would be neat.
 
2022-07-05 11:33:49 AM  
People of average human intelligence blowing shiat up for fun. What could go wrong?
 
2022-07-05 11:37:48 AM  

Warthog: Whatthefark: We had a hose nearby and soaked the big stuff after they went off. Little stuff went into a water filled bucket.

We also watered the lawn and soaked the landscaping at our house and the next door neighbors, just to be safe.

Range safety, it's a thing.  We have a house handy every year, soak the firework bricks after they're done, and then leave them at the curb in a soggy pile until the following morning before placing them in the trash.

I learned the importance of range safety about 15 years ago, when we were doing a big display at my uncle's beach house.  The house was up above a row of dunes, with a big deck where the whole family could watch while my Dad, me, and two of my cousins put on the display down on the sand. We'd keep the fireworks on the steps back up to the house, and only bring them out to the sand as we were using them.  Everything was angled out to sea, and we made sure nobody was between the fireworks and the water for safety.

The fireworks were near weapons-grade, purchased in South Carolina.  We usually used mortar tubes with the balls you individually light and drop into the tube, but that summer we had this massive nine shot brick of mortars.  Three yellow tubes, three red tubes, three yellow tubes.  I remember this because the first shot was a semi misfire, that sort of blooped out of the tube and knocked the brick over onto its side.  I was down the beach about 30 feet, and saw in my flashlight three yellow tubes, three red tubes, two yellow tubes, and a black hole.  It was pointed right at me.  I hit the beach face first while screaming at everyone else to get down, as the second shot missed me by about four feet.  The next seven shots then went screaming over my head and down the beach, exploding on the sand.  After the last round first, I checked on the people on the beach and luckily we were all OK.   But then we heard screaming from the house...

...because that first round which had knocked the block over ended up going off at the edge of the dunes, which were covered in sea grass. Very dry sea grass.  Which was now on fire and spreading.  Mercifully a couple of guys up at the house had run down the steps while we were cowering on the sand, and had run the hose from the end of the walkway that was used for rinsing off beach stuff and were fighting the fire on the dune.  The rest of us jumped in by shoveling sand on the grass, and we were able to put it out before it got out of control.  But it was a close-fought thing.

Every 4th of July since, we've had a hose not just available but in the hands of someone tasked with looking for embers.

4th of July: serious business.


Wow, you almost started a massive brush fire at the beach.

Fire at the beach
Ashes in the sand
We thought we knew it all
But nothing went to plan

Higher and higher
The flames like golden hair
Lifeguards in despair
Combustion on a tear

Charred sand castles
It was a horrible sight
As I write this terrible poem
Homeowners want to fight

Wrecked vacation homes
Demolition on the horizon
For me, just lawsuits
The despair now risin'

Oh what a disaster
Fire on the water
Somehow I've burned trawlers
And possibly all matter

Now a car carrier is on fire
Did I drop sodium? Acid? Potassium?
Maybe I'm Ozymandius
I'll go home, play opossum

Now this flaming dogshiat is over
But if you smell smoke
You're probably on fire
For that, me you can poke
 
2022-07-05 11:42:05 AM  

whatsupchuck: People of average human intelligence blowing shiat up for fun. What could go wrong?


Nothing. Nothing at all. It's all fine!

I mean, one guy in my city took a firework to the knee chest and died this year, but that's about par for the course.
 
2022-07-05 11:46:30 AM  
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2022-07-05 11:48:01 AM  

patrick767: whatsupchuck: People of average human intelligence blowing shiat up for fun. What could go wrong?

Nothing. Nothing at all. It's all fine!

I mean, one guy in my city took a firework to the knee chest and died this year, but that's about par for the course.


Remind me never to go golfing with you.
 
2022-07-05 11:49:09 AM  
Does homeowners insurance cover this?

If it does, it shouldnt.
 
2022-07-05 11:52:01 AM  
Oof, that's a tough way to learn that lesson lol. Been a long time since I really did fireworks in earnest, but growing up we were taught to keep a couple buckets/bins of water nearby and to toss the spent casings in the water buckets.

/yes the soggy, probably-toxic, firework water is really gross the next day, but we didn't burn down the house
 
2022-07-05 11:58:26 AM  
I'm glad I was taught the basics of fireworks handling when I was young.  I guess I didn't really need to be taught that things that were shooting balls of flame into the air might catch cardboard on fire though.
 
2022-07-05 12:00:32 PM  
We generally just do the fireworks on a big patch of gravel, then pick up the casings the next day, put them in the trash and take it to the end of the driveway.  The bucket of water thing isn't a bad idea, I'll do that from now on, though the risk is really just to the trash can.
 
2022-07-05 12:04:22 PM  
I seldom use fireworks, so I had no idea you had to douse them after they were done.

In my defense on the few occasions I HAVE been around them they were small, and in small amounts. I don't think I have ever spent more than 60 bucks on this stuff at any one time. Growing up my single mom always said fireworks was burning money we didn't have. I guess that attitude was more sticky than I realized.
 
2022-07-05 12:08:56 PM  

chewd: Does homeowners insurance cover this?

If it does, it shouldnt.


Why?  Most house fires are caused by human stupidity...cigarettes, kitchen fires, bad electric...this is why we have insurance.  Just because you are angry, doesn't mean safety nets go away.
 
2022-07-05 12:10:36 PM  

patrick767: After four nights of making my neighborhood sound like a war zone, I'm surprised people didn't burn anything down. I can only assume some people took out second mortgages to pay for all their fireworks. Now they'll go back to complaining about gas prices.

Also, WTF is with setting off fireworks in broad daylight? It made a loud noise? Wooooooooo!


I don't know what it was, maybe just a need to cut loose after we decided to surrender to COVID, but there were a lot more wildcat fireworks last night than a typical 4th.  Which, given that we're staring down droughtmageddon, was probably not the cleverest thing ever.
 
2022-07-05 12:12:36 PM  
It started in my area on Friday night. Sunday night at dusk was very loud, because of two big commercial displays, in addition to the yokels adding to their normal mayhem. Last night was nearly as bad. I think tonight will be something similar, but it's a weeknight and I think they're supposed to shut down the noise by 10 pm. On weekends and holiday nights I think they are allowed go until midnight.
 
2022-07-05 12:17:03 PM  
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2022-07-05 12:18:20 PM  

chewd: Does homeowners insurance cover this?

If it does, it shouldnt.


Is it legal to set off that grade of fireworks where the home is located?

Does the homeowners policy cover claims from illegal acts?
 
2022-07-05 12:19:59 PM  
In all fairness, it's not like he lit any fireworks inside the house.

Best laugh of the day. Volume on. See comments.

https://twitter.com/Class/status/1544050876502814720?s=20&t=MtlNDMqnxYfzIKB5fKH8Vg
 
2022-07-05 12:25:25 PM  

patrick767: whatsupchuck: People of average human intelligence blowing shiat up for fun. What could go wrong?

Nothing. Nothing at all. It's all fine!

I mean, one guy in my city took a firework to the knee chest and died this year, but that's about par for the course.


One of the suburbs a little north of me had a guy take one in the face. He ded.
 
2022-07-05 12:30:56 PM  
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Much less expensive than a house
 
2022-07-05 12:36:14 PM  

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Much less expensive than a house


As a bonus, you can put in on your head after doing all sorts of other stupid stuff.
 
2022-07-05 12:36:53 PM  

Whatthefark: We had a hose nearby and soaked the big stuff after they went off. Little stuff went into a water filled bucket.

We also watered the lawn and soaked the landscaping at our house and the next door neighbors, just to be safe.


This. And you pre-soak the ground around the launch area too.
 
2022-07-05 12:39:46 PM  

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Much less expensive than a house


I wouldn't trust a plastic bucket, I've always opted for a small 3 or 5 gallon metal trash can with lid for things like BBQ coals, etc. But yes, much cheaper than the cost of a house
 
2022-07-05 12:40:16 PM  

dletter: We had same thing happen here (not in Florida) in the neighborhood next to us (and not a junky neighborhood, like $600-800k houses where that is like a 4,500 sq. ft house), they put their spent fireworks in the trashcan next to the garage, house completely burned down overnight.

1) COMPLETELY douse your spent fireworks

2) Put them in a bin and keep your bin by the street.


So how good does your insurance have to be to cover that? LloL
 
2022-07-05 12:41:30 PM  
Gives me an idea. The fire spinning community should do firework safety thing + performance for July 4th for communities.

I used to do some Poi/fire staff and part of that was doing a "Fire Safe" class which teaches active fire safety, which you need to be responsible with recreational open flames. Our deal went for a few hours, covered more than you need for fireworks, but you can cover some important stuff pretty quick.
 
2022-07-05 12:43:32 PM  

patrick767: After four nights of making my neighborhood sound like a war zone, I'm surprised people didn't burn anything down. I can only assume some people took out second mortgages to pay for all their fireworks. Now they'll go back to complaining about gas prices.

Also, WTF is with setting off fireworks in broad daylight? It made a loud noise? Wooooooooo!


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2022-07-05 12:49:36 PM  
I haven't clicked the link yet but I'm going to speculate that the guy missed the step where you put the spent fireworks in a bucket of water.
 
2022-07-05 12:56:29 PM  

Tyrosine: I haven't clicked the link yet but I'm going to speculate that the guy missed the step where you put the spent fireworks in a bucket of water.


And I appears I was right.

Florida Man shouldn't feel too bad. I guy on the next street over from me did about $500K damage to his house on Saturday night because he had a "fire pit" on his deck, under a pergola, that was left unattended with the fire still burning when he and his wife went to bed. Sadly his two cats a d bird all died.

Bonus: Insurance likely won't pay the damage because the fire pit location was a violation of local by-laws which state fire pits must be located 3m from any structure, bush, or tree.
 
2022-07-05 1:00:59 PM  

The Exit Stencilist: Colour_out_of_Space: [Fark user image image 207x243]
Much less expensive than a house

I wouldn't trust a plastic bucket, I've always opted for a small 3 or 5 gallon metal trash can with lid for things like BBQ coals, etc. But yes, much cheaper than the cost of a house


I should have indicated to fill it 3/4 with water.
 
2022-07-05 1:09:24 PM  
Hard to tell sometimes who is stupid and who sees an insurance opportunity.
 
2022-07-05 1:29:46 PM  
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2022-07-05 1:34:01 PM  

PooPooUndies: dletter: We had same thing happen here (not in Florida) in the neighborhood next to us (and not a junky neighborhood, like $600-800k houses where that is like a 4,500 sq. ft house), they put their spent fireworks in the trashcan next to the garage, house completely burned down overnight.

1) COMPLETELY douse your spent fireworks

2) Put them in a bin and keep your bin by the street.

It wasn't fireworks, but ages ago when I lived in the country I came home to see the neighbor's house on fire. They had emptied their wood stove and put the ash can next to the house on the front porch, forgetting that under that aluminum siding was very flammable wood framing.


When I moved to Vermont a friend of mine sat me down for the ashes talk.  When you clean out the wood stove, ashes go into a little metal garbage can, lid goes on, can goes out to the driveway.
 
2022-07-05 1:39:25 PM  

mcsiegs: chewd: Does homeowners insurance cover this?

If it does, it shouldnt.

Why?  Most house fires are caused by human stupidity...cigarettes, kitchen fires, bad electric...this is why we have insurance.  Just because you are angry, doesn't mean safety nets go away.


Insurance = being forced to pay for other peoples stupidity.
 
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