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My Favorite Place to Buy Fireworks
self | July 1, 2011 | PJ-Comix

Posted on 07/01/2011 3:34:14 PM PDT by PJ-Comix

Yeah, yeah. I know. The place is incredibly tacky. But guess what? The selection of fireworks there is also incredibly AWESOME. South of the Border was like a fireworks magnet for me when I was a kid. My folks liked the place and we enjoyed reading the multitude of Pedro signs on the way there. Plus back then it was about the only place in the eastern USA where you could eat Mexican food. But the big draw for me was the fireworks.


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KEYWORDS: fireworks
Cherry bombs, M-80s, etc. I still love fireworks but when you're a kid they are like magic which is why I loved South of the Border. I still find it IMPOSSIBLE to drive in that part of the country without stopping there.
1 posted on 07/01/2011 3:34:17 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

In another state is usually most people’s favorite place to buy them.


2 posted on 07/01/2011 3:35:44 PM PDT by GraceG
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Williamsburg?


3 posted on 07/01/2011 3:37:05 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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When I was stationed at Ft. Gordon and made the trip back and forth from GA and MD, those “Pedro Sez....” signs drove me crazy.


4 posted on 07/01/2011 3:38:59 PM PDT by edpc (I disagree. Circle gets the square.)
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South of The Border. The biggest tourist trap on the East Coast. Almost Equal to J.R.’s.


5 posted on 07/01/2011 3:39:51 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: PJ-Comix

I never “Sausage a Place”!


6 posted on 07/01/2011 3:40:38 PM PDT by albie
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To: PJ-Comix

This explains a great deal about you, my FRiend.


7 posted on 07/01/2011 3:41:37 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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No place like Bob’s.


8 posted on 07/01/2011 3:41:44 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." - Bertrand de Jouvenel des Ursins)
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I literally bought fireworks south of the border when I was a kid. They were always locally handmade made in Mexico, not some faraway factory in Macau. I liked the big firecrackers that looked like small sticks of dynamite. Others were folded from strips of newspaper into triangles. Fuses so crude, it was a wonder they worked. God only knows what the powder was made from - it did not look like that silver magnesium powder or even black powder.


9 posted on 07/01/2011 3:42:38 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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I haven’t been able to buy Cherry bombs, M-80s for many a year now...


10 posted on 07/01/2011 3:43:47 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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I haven’t been able to buy Cherry bombs, M-80s for many a year now...

No longer sold? I used to love the tremendous explosions generated by the M-80s.

11 posted on 07/01/2011 3:46:12 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
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For me (and many NYC folks), the best was going downtown to Chinatown and buying them in an alley. Good quality, and the danger made it more exciting. Now, the cops have cracked down and it ain’t what it used to be.


12 posted on 07/01/2011 3:48:03 PM PDT by Pharmboy (What always made the state a hell has been that man tried to make it heaven-Hoelderlin)
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illegal here NJ.......Pennsy too


13 posted on 07/01/2011 3:49:19 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Pharmboy

...yeah. I used to make that pilgrimage on the Path


14 posted on 07/01/2011 3:51:09 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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My friend once tried to buy fireworks in NY Chinatown, he found it very difficult not to get guns, finally they gave him a box of fireworks for $20 and ushered him away before he could embarrass them further.


15 posted on 07/01/2011 3:52:21 PM PDT by discostu (Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn)
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To: Doogle

Illegality is what makes fireworks FUn to buy.


16 posted on 07/01/2011 3:52:56 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
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I don’t even know the closest place ....


17 posted on 07/01/2011 3:54:20 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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M8’s
Roman Candles
ummm.... makes my mouth water just thinking of those things I once played with each 4th of July.

Blow things up, throw an M80 into the water and watch the water geyser, scare the hell out of the cats.

Have battles with Roman Candles. Sometime you get burnt but you always survive even if your parents get after you for doing something stupid. How else are you going to learn?


19 posted on 07/01/2011 4:02:04 PM PDT by jongaltsr (It)
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To: PJ-Comix

I use delay fuses...*smiles*


20 posted on 07/01/2011 4:03:34 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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Just saw the flashing traffic signs here in VA telling of checkpoints for drunk driving and fireworks. Not kidding.


21 posted on 07/01/2011 4:12:15 PM PDT by republicangel
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Have battles with Roman Candles.

One July 4th night I got caught up in a spontaneous Roman Candle and Bottle Rocket war at a three day Willie Nelson concert, it must have involved thousands, it was incredible and resulted in at least one lost eye.

22 posted on 07/01/2011 4:16:12 PM PDT by ansel12 (America has close to India population of 1950s, India has 1,200,000,000 people now. Quality of Life?)
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"utoh..well that takes my latest idea out of the werks"

23 posted on 07/01/2011 4:17:20 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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There is ma and Pop firework stand I go to all the time LOL! in East LA

they also next door is good Mexican food restaurant that I go there get good Mexican bread


24 posted on 07/01/2011 4:22:00 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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Yeee-Haaaaw!


25 posted on 07/01/2011 4:22:48 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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Next week you’ll be telling us you’re favorite place to buy prostheses.


26 posted on 07/01/2011 4:25:56 PM PDT by Krankor (i)
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To: Doogle

Didn’t ya just love the green water proof fuses on the old cherry bombs? My brothers and I would tie them to a rock, light em, and toss em in the creek behind our house. When they blew, a huge geyser went up, filled with minnows and tadpoles!


27 posted on 07/01/2011 4:27:01 PM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-Free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: PJ-Comix
WHEN IN MISSOURI... Photobucket
28 posted on 07/01/2011 4:27:29 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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“I haven’t been able to buy Cherry bombs, M-80s for many a year now...”

Ahhh, memories. Many an elementary school commode fell victim to the M-80.

Now I live on the farm and we only set off the small fountain-type fireworks so we don’t scare the critters.


29 posted on 07/01/2011 4:30:33 PM PDT by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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Like I said before, I’d make a day trip to find some, but don’t even know where to go...I would use waxed string to make slow delay fuses....could be miles away before the BOOOM!
(on bike)..*lol*


30 posted on 07/01/2011 4:36:29 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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Boomland on I55 near Sikestown Missouri. Like a Sam’s Club full of fireworks.


31 posted on 07/01/2011 4:44:26 PM PDT by ebshumidors ( Marksmanship and YOUR heritage http://www.appleseedinfo.org)
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Red River Arsenal. They are guaranteed to work first time, every time.


32 posted on 07/01/2011 4:59:38 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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WOW! That south of the border sign taked me back to family road trips and stocking up on Fire-works that you couldn’t get up north!


33 posted on 07/01/2011 5:20:59 PM PDT by jakerobins
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Every time I drive down I-95 and see the Holy Sombrero rising above the plains of Dillon County, I get a little misty-eyed thinking about my wonderful 7 1/2 years in South Carolina.

God bless SC, a state where it’s perfectly OK to blow yourself up to your heart’s content every July 4 and New Years Eve.

}:-)4


34 posted on 07/01/2011 5:31:35 PM PDT by Moose4 ("By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!")
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DP and the boys are going over the line tomorrow to buy fireworks (and cheap gas). One of our neighbors usually puts on a professional level, totally-illegal-in-NC blowout, but he has a daughter starting college this fall and may not have his usual fireworks budget.


36 posted on 07/01/2011 5:44:44 PM PDT by Tax-chick (It's a non-optional social convention, okay?)
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I used to get to the Carolinas pretty often and I always stopped there. I never bought fireworks because I was never there the right time of the year, but they do have a great stand. A good old-fashioned tourist trap and a sight to see at night.


37 posted on 07/01/2011 5:51:20 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged." -- G.K. Chesterton)
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People don't believe me but all the toilets were blown up at my high school. The bathroom doors were locked. This was late 60’s early 70’s. The only bathroom that worked was in the gym. The only way this could work was we had 1/2 day classes. We were done at noon and then went home. They would fix the toilets and then they would get bombed. Finally the administration said fine if you don't want toilets you don't get toilets. We didn't even have a cafeteria. I loved it. Went to class and then went home. No wasted time. They had an evening shift that used the same buildings etc. Really saved a lot of money. BTW we had tons of national merits scholars etc. back when the scores meant something.
We had one guy in my senior class that got a perfect score on his SAT. They made him retake it and he did in again.
38 posted on 07/01/2011 6:10:03 PM PDT by prof.h.mandingo (Buck v. Bell (1927) An idea whose time has come (for extreme liberalism))
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Here in the Southwest with extreme drought conditions, setting off fireworks is a sure way to start wildfires.


39 posted on 07/01/2011 7:53:36 PM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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My very favorite was a little shop in Northern Missouri. It was on a “back” road, but since Iowa is a fireworks nanny State they still did plenty of business.

Anyway, this is a family run joint...the owners house is less than 20-30 yards from this large building full of fireworks. The one day that I stopped in there, it appeared no one was there...suddenly someone appeared at the Counter...he had been taking a nap on the floor. In the middle of the store was a table, with a huge ashtray; overflowing with hundreds of butts. Not something often seen in a fireworks shop.

The guy was helping me pick out some good fireworks, and described one as “super-loud...we set them off outside the kids’ windows once in the while if they don’t get up for school.”

Kid you not...loved those people...LOL!


40 posted on 07/01/2011 8:10:40 PM PDT by garandgal
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