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Flashback From 2010: Funny Fireworks!

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Flashback From 2010: Funny Fireworks!

This was from a year ago today, but it's worth reviving for this year, since I laugh so much from the stupid names of some of these products!

This week I'm volunteering at a fireworks stand. For those saying "Wow! How?", let me explain a little.

The state of Nebraska allows 10 days per year for free-for-all fireworks sales/use. There are some exceptions: none of this is legal in the Omaha city limits, and Lincoln only allows sales for 2 days. So starting on June 25th, you hear the explosions as everyone's having a good time with their loot. In our neighborhood, it's only really loud till about 10pm...except for July 4th, I know last summer we were launching till midnight, at least!

From 2009 07 04 July4thBlockParty

In Bellevue, and perhaps in other cities (but I don't know for sure), local non-profits can pay the licensing fees and sell the fireworks as a fundraiser. I got an e-mail from the Bellevue Soccer Club looking for volunteers to help man their club's fundraiser fireworks stand up the road from us. My first thought? DISCOUNTS! Even though I was TDY at the beginning of the week, and we're leaving on vacation at the end of the week, I still thought it'd be a fun thing to do, so I volunteered to do 2 four-hour shifts.

I did my first four-hour shift yesterday and it was fun. Not super crowded, but not bad either. A steady stream of customers.

Anyway, the point of this blog post is to share some of the hilarious names for these fireworks.  These are all multi-shot small mortar shells.  You light it one time and it launches 25 or so shots in succession.

Some are benign. There's no doubt what this is, right?
From 2010 07 10 Fireworks Packages

Some are sillier. And we start to lose any sense of what's in the packaging.
From 2010 07 10 Fireworks Packages

Some are adrenaline-packed! Forget about a description of what this is.
From 2010 07 10 Fireworks Packages

And this one made no sense to me whatsoever. Are these even fireworks???
From 2010 07 10 Fireworks Packages

And here are some others...enjoy!
From 2010 07 10 Fireworks Packages
From 2010 07 10 Fireworks Packages
From 2010 07 10 Fireworks Packages

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