Random Thoughts on Fireworks

Sitting watching the fireworks on the fourth produces some wry observations and questions.

We've all done it....  ---Sat among the great masses of the public and watched the seemingly endless parade of fireworks displayed on the weekend evenings of the fourth of July.

But this year, I decided to record some of my impressions.  Maybe you have some of the same questions, eh?  Let's compare notes.

First, who pays for all these fireworks, huh?  Do they get made all in a rush just before the holiday, or are they spaced out throughout the year?

How would you like to stockpile an explosive warehouse of shells, hoping that you get to sell them before one decides to go off?

Do you know what the hardest color to produce in fireworks is?  You have one minute to think about this.  The answer will be revealed at the bottom of this blog entry...

Why is it every year that I sit in a lawn-chair next to a guy who has gone out of state to buy an armload of fireworks with retorts.  That is, why does he ALWAYS set off things with a bang and aim them near me?  Boy, if these things are really illegal, how gutsy of him to bring them to  a public gathering and set them off...(BANG)...one every  (BANG).... 30 seconds  (BANG).... almost like  (BANG)... clockwork for (BANG).... the last (BANG)  half hour  (WIZZZZ - BANG) that we're all (BANG)  waiting patiently?

Have you ever noticed how many parents buy small fireworks like sparklers that burn at 2000 degrees plus and then hand the lit magnesium sticks to their kids to run around with?

Have you ever seen a grass fire started by one of those glowing wires left laying in the dewy grass?  Not yet, huh?

Why do some parents insist on lighting smoke bombs at public displays, and letting the sulfur cloud float through the crowd? Why is this considered acceptable behavior?  Don't other people have asthma?  Breathing difficulties?  Manners?

Why do some parents buy sparkling volcanoes for their  kids, and set them off barely six feet away from their kids?  And when they don't immediately light, why to they walk over to them to re-light them and try again...and again?

Why do we spend so much on fireworks?

In my community, there were at least three separate major displays over the weekend... as it turns out, two were privately funded, and one was publicly funded.  Is it really necessary to have a publicly funded display if there are going to be private ones going on the same weekend?  Why spend the money that could be going to help support our civic services?

And finally, every year, with clouds of smoke, ash and debris floating over the crowd, I always wonder what the impact of all this air pollution is on our nation.  Or is there any?

I don't mean to be an Ebenezer Scrooge about fireworks...  I enjoy a good display as much as the other guy.  I just have seen more than 50 now, and I'm beginning to question how fireworks displays got tied up in patriotic fervor?  Was it fallout from WWII?  How do veterans feel about a concussive artillery barrage, after many still suffer from shell shock?  Or am I out of place to wonder this?

OK, let the answer be shared now.

I have heard   that the hardest color to reproduce in fireworks is violet... that it costs the most and is the hardest to do.  But considering how much green I saw, and how common pink is, I'm beginning to wonder.  Red seemed to be common, white is common, and blue also seems to be popular.  But the yellow squiggles seem to be the most common of all.  I wonder just how they make each color.  Do you know?

Write me and share it with us all...

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