Srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 16896 posts, RR: 51 Posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4020 times:
With those of us members here in the States celebrating Independence Day (July 4th), fireworks are a typical part of a July 4th. Whether you go down to a professional display or shoot some off where you live (regardless of the legality), that's part of what makes July 4th what it is.
To quote from a Simpsons episode: Celebrate the independence of your nation by blowing up a small
part of it.
So how many of my fellow members went out and bought some fireworks and how much did you spend on them?
I spent about $38 on a nice assortment of the "safe and same" fireworks (In Georgia, any explosive firework is banned. They just allowed the non-explosive ones in a few years back.).
Srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 16896 posts, RR: 51 Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3985 times:
Quoting Coz (Reply 4): Nonsense, with a trip to the hardware store and $7, you can wake up the whole neighborhood. Big grin
I'm sure you're probably the type to pull a "Jackass" style stunt involving fireworks....
Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 3): We can uy those popping things that make noise when they hit the ground, but that's it.
Those are fun if you're like 10 or at times act like you're 10.
Quoting TZ757300 (Reply 1): Costs to much to drive hours on end to buy fireworks for here, so I contributed $0
Even with the "safe and sane" fireworks being legal, folks here still drive over to Alabama, Tennessee, and South Carolina for the good stuff.
I was reading the other day how all of the fireworks shops that are literally right across the border in Alabama are hurting this year because of the drought. I guess folks don't want to risk getting arrested and/or fined for fireworks this year (There are some cities around here that passed emergency laws banning the sale of the "safe and sane" fireworks and at least one town has threatened to fine folks $500 if they are cited for violating the law banning the lighting of fireworks.) The State Fire Marshall in Alabama banned the sale of bottle rockets, which probably does hurt sales.
For many years, my dad would go on vacation in June to the Florida Panhandle and would always pick up a nice amount of fireworks for the Fourth.
Gunships From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 574 posts, RR: 6 Reply 12, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3951 times:
Quoting EMBQA (Reply 11): I'd say very few of us did since they are illegal in most all states....
Specifically Permitted Non-aerial fireworks devices, such as ground spinners, fountains, sparklers, smoke devices, or snakes.
Specifically Prohibited Any fireworks not specifically permitted, such as firecrackers, jumping jacks, or similar products.
Selling Period Midnight, June 23 through midnight, July 5 Midnight December 26 through midnight January 1 May be regulated by local jurisdictions as to dates allowed.
License Required to import fireworks into the state. Fee may be required.
Retail Sales Permit Apply to local authorities, $25 fee may be required, valid for one year.
(The illegal variety are still available if you sign a release stating you won't light them off within the state... )
ScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 59 Reply 13, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3948 times:
Zero. I hate those damned things. People have been shooting them off around here for days. My cats will be scared, I'll have to keep the windows closed all night, and tomorrow I'll have to pick up all the crap on the street and in my yard.
Goddammit, you kids, get the hell off my property!
MCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8556 posts, RR: 14 Reply 15, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3931 times:
$40 and I got burned on my thumb. My sister spent like 70 and I managed to have a multiple one go for like 15 sec- 45 sec.
I woke the neighbors in my apartment complex with the poppers at 11PM, so I dropped half the bag and I woke up from people driving over them. I'm buying 6 of those poppers and 200 dollars worth next year.
PWM2TXLHopper From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1220 posts, RR: 1 Reply 16, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3928 times:
Here in Maine, I spend $0 on fireworks because they are illegal with the exception of sparklers, and caps (for cap guns) and the law says I can't have them without facing the risk of arrest! If you're caught in the act of setting off a firecracker in Maine you can be arrested! Or ticketed if not caught in the act. If you're caught smuggling in fireworks from New Hampshire, than it might as well be cocaine, because if you have more than a couple hundred dollars worth of merchandise than it's gets elevated to a felony charge! The State Police actually send undercover agents to stake out nearby New Hampshire firework stores parking lots for customers coming over from Maine..They arrest them when they come back into Maine.
Maine is one of the eleven "Nanny" States with the view that the everyday Joe is too stupid to handle the responsibility and judgement required to safely set of consumer fireworks. They also have no confidence in the everyday Joe to except fault for his own misjudgement if he foolishly blows off an arm or finger! Plus, every year around this time when the subject of fireworks comes around, you're always hearing about all the kids who are being saved from loosing an eye to a stray bottle rocket, or scarred by horrible burns that disfigure them for life and make them wretched freaks that even an internet bride from Russia wouldn't marry!. It's funny though, where are all these child victims in nearby New Hampshire where fireworks have long been legal? Is there a disproportionate amount of them hidden from public eye there?
When I was a kid, I use to go spend the summers in Mississippi where fireworks sales were legal. I'd UPS several hundred dollars worth back home to Maine, and then I'd hawk them off for three times the price to my fellow Junior High School students! I remember one time I even flew home with loads of fireworks stuffed into the socks in my checked luggage on NW MSY-MEM-BOS. I was only 13, and boy was that probably pretty stupid! I'm glad my dad never found out or I would have been dead! It's been 14 years and I've still got some leftovers that work that I found at my parents house. Will be shooting those off tonight! For those of you fortunate to live in states where fireworks are legal, have a good time tonight!
MCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8556 posts, RR: 14 Reply 18, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3901 times:
When you burn your thumb, you know you want to spend more. I might set off fireworks on x-mas day. I enjoy this day as it comes only once or twice a year. People do it on x-mas and spend a helluva lot. I know someone who spent 200 this yr.
Airfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 21, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3841 times:
In Ohio the are legal to buy if you promise to take them out of state. (hint hint). I spent about $30 on fire crackers. Many to harass the local geese population. It is illegal to set them off but the cops don't really care as long as you don't get out of control.
Galapagapop From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 910 posts, RR: 4 Reply 23, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3824 times:
Before fireworks became semi legal in CT, I used to always go to NH to get tons and tons of fireworks, although what I still go and get in NH is still illegal in CT, I forget the exact parameters since they started allowing them back, although they seem to get a little bit laxer every year when it comes to size and strength. This year however spent $0, just didn't have time, had a few leftover, but the 4th was a washout this year, with on and off showers and overcast all day, but hey there's always tomorrow
Just to avoid some confusion, I do think you mean "safe and sane".
Also, in CA and in selected areas, those are the only ones allowed, but I did not buy any...I miss New Hampshire where they have Costco sized stores that sell nothing but fireworks...and I mean REAL fireworks.
"Why does a slight tax increase cost you $200 and a substantial tax cut save you 30 cents?"
25 Srbmod: @#$%^&* @ the guy who designed the QWERTY keyboard......... I typed it correctly in a later post, and in case anyone was wondering, no I wasn't PWIin
26 Queso: Especially in a year when you've had double the normal rainfall! I spent about $140.
27 N710PS: Nothing this year. I spent about 150 on them last year and had a blast. I drove up to South Carolina from my house in Sarasota on a few days off in a
28 Boston92: Who the hell would put the "M" right next to the damn "N"?