New Year’s Eve is fast approaching, and depending on what your plans are, that may involve some fireworks. Anywhere that has a big organized public celebration is likely to have some sort of fireworks display. Why? I guess because it’s fun to blow stuff up. And also, what’s more romantic than sharing a smooch with your sweetheart at the strike of midnight underneath said exploding things?
Here in Peterborough, I don’t know of any planned fireworks displays, which doesn’t really come as a surprise. I mean, it’s only a handful of times a year anymore that we get treated to fireworks displays at Del Crary Park. I’m not complaining – I get that pyrotechnics ain’t cheap. It just means that if you want to see some fireworks at New Years, you’re going to have to go out and buy your own. Oh – and you’ll have to find a nice open spot outside the city to light ’em up too, since it’s illegal to do it inside city limits.
So if you don’t have a piece of rural land, what do you do? You could tempt fate and try lighting them off in your backyard, but I’m guessing the police and fire services won’t be too pleased if they have to respond to a structure fire that you started. So maybe that’s not the best option. What’s an infinitely better one is simply watching a video.
Now would be a good time to point out the difference in terms. The term Fireworks generally refers to fireworks that produce “colorful and visual effects with sound as a secondary effect.” Firecrackers generally refers to fireworks that produce noise only.
We’ve all got at least one friend who has nearly blown themselves up with a firecracker. You’d want to keep that friend away from this setup! Ever wonder what it looks like when 1 million firecrackers go up at once? Wonder no more, because some folks in China found out for you!
I don’t know the backstory here at all. I couldn’t tell you where exactly it happened, or WHY it happened. All I can tell you is that it’s awesome!
That being said, it still doesn’t compare to the Big Bay Boom mishap of 2012. The Big Bay Boom is an annual Independence Day fireworks display that takes place in San Diego every year. In 2012, a corrupted file in the computer used to control the detonation of the fireworks caused all of them to be detonated at once. 7,000 fireworks intended for a 17-minute show went up in less than a minute, and the result was this ridiculously huge and LOUD blast:
WARNING: VERY LOUD
So will you be bringing in the New Year with a bang? Will you be watching fireworks (or maybe lighting some of your own)? Tell me about your New Years plans in the comments!