Saturday, June 30, 2007

I Want REAL Fireworks

I noticed all those booths selling fireworks were popping up around town a few days ago. Now they're being stocked and manned selling those silly safe and sane fireworks. Big whoopie.

I guess in my early days I was probably as amused as any other kid with the lame
safe and sane fireworks, but I really liked the ones that went BANG, like bottle rockets, m80s, firecrackers and such. Those are the real fun ones. Naturally, they're illegal in California.

But not everywhere. I spent a little time on the Hoquim Indian Reservation in Washington back in the late '70s. They sold real fireworks on the reservation. The one I liked in particular was a rocket about 6 inches tall. You'd set it on the ground, light the fuse and up it would go. It would probably go thirty or forty feet, if memory serves me correct, before exploding. Lots of fun those were.

When I lived in Southern California real fireworks were fairly common, people smuggling them in from Mexico.

I did that once myself when we went to Tijuana. I bought a small stash of real fireworks consisting mostly of m80s and those small round, red ball shaped things with a fuse in them. The name of those red ball things escapes me now (cherry bombs?) but they were neat cause they made quite a boom when they exploded and, being round, were perfect for throwing.

I remember being scared to death crossing the border and pulling up to the customs guys. They just asked a few questions of my mom and let us through. Thinking back, I'm sure from whatever look I had on my face they probably knew I had something on me I was smuggling in but let us go anyway.

Later on, when we went to Ensenada, I visited a store with all kinds of skyrockets. They were like a one or two foot firecracker attached to a four to six foot stake. I guess those were the equivalent of the kind used for fireworks shows in the states. Too big to try and bring back home with me but I thought it would have been fun to put on my own fireworks show sometime.

Some people are keeping the spirit of real fireworks alive in California, like
this guy (as always, if asked for a login on the SacBee site, you can use humboldtlib for the username and blogspot for the password).

He had the equivalent of two flatbed trucks worth of illegal fireworks stored in his house. As much I love the illegal stuff, I'm not sure I'd want someone living next door to me with all that many boomers. Sure wouldn't mind getting hold of those m80s, though.
We do have some legal fireworks that are entertaining, but those are expensive and are used by people licensed to do such things.

I believe Security National has been paying for the Eureka 4 July show the last few years.
Arcata didn't think it had the money to do a show this year but it looks like someone found a way to make it happen.

Silly thing about fireworks shows up here is that, all too often, the fog comes in just as it gets dark and you can't hardly see the show unless you're right under it.

Rather than fight the crowds, I used to just go out and sit on the roof of my truck to watch the Eureka show. You could see it just looking north on E street. Not all that well, but you could see it. Seemed like most of the time the fog would come in just before the show started and that would be the end of that.

I think it was a couple of years ago we were invited to watch the Eureka show from on top of the Vance Hotel. First time I'd actually bothered to go down and watch it. It was a spectacular show, indeed.

I'd be a bit leery of spending money on something like a fireworks on Humboldt Bay, if it was my money, just because of the fog.
For people that really look forward to the fireworks shows up here, it's a good thing someone is willing to go ahead and take that risk.


At 10:11 AM, Blogger Carol said...

Of course the best fireworks show is at Disneyland. Last year we watched the fireworks over the Eel River, then noticed there was also fireworks in downtown Fortuna by the high school. Apparently, someone lit fireworks INSIDE the High School.

At 10:26 AM, Blogger hucktunes said...

When I was a kid in Pomona, Ca. we'd my folks would take me to Tijuana at least once a year. My mom would bring a big purse and we'd stock up on fireworks. Pomona is home to the LA County Fair and would have a spectacular fireworks display.

At 11:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Used to live on top of a hill and could see various fireworks around L.A., especially Rose Bowl.

Several years ago went to the Boardwalk and saw the Eureka show - the fireworks in the dirt lot close by almost had better fireworks but there were several people with rocket type fireworks and I thought any minute one of them would land on a roof and set it on fire. Heard they patrol now for those.

At 12:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the best place to get fireworks is in Kentucky(other states may also be this way)......giant warehouses line the highways, with equally large signs urging people to stop.....incredible deals too...just dont get caught with em in cali....

At 12:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fireworks at benbow are nice. No fog inland!!

At 7:13 AM, Blogger ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ said...

Alabama is also a keen fireworks state especially along the interstate near the borders. I cant find those great little "torpedoes" though. They were like cherry bombs but with no fuse. You could throw them or launch them with a slingshot and they exploded upon impact. Guess we can't be trusted with the fun stuff anymore.

At 10:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just got back from Muhafazat al Basrah (Iraq).

You kids want explosions?

Get yer ass over there!

At 2:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ever notice Fred that the more your write the fewer responses there are? Basically, your blather is obnoxious and mostly ignored. Its really the other commenters that add value, you're worthless.

At 6:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently 2:31 PM is interested in the commenters here. Here's one for you: Get Fuc*ed!

At 6:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred must have some knowledge or be of some interesrt. I notice the Greg and Carol blog gets no comments.

At 10:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe instead of safe and sane fireworks, we could use cannons!

They go BANG and make a lot of smoke and scare the H*** out of the pets and the kids.

Black Powder is Fun for Everyone!

At 4:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greg and Carol's blog is mostly just smug, self congraulatory boosterism lines and "good news" items. It's intended to attract out of towners that can increase their insurance business. They're smart enough to make it look "pretty" while saying nothing other than "Ain't it great in Humboldt". Its too treacly for the typically blue collar local.


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