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  • Anybody have an update on that fire at the base of the Eiffel Tower?

    07/14/2016 9:04:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Tolerance Sucks Rocks | July 15, 2016 | My bad self
    I haven't seen anything on FR about this since earlier in the evening. Everything's been about the Nice attack.
  • Post 4th Vanity - Fireworks Sounds and Sights - Rememberance

    07/05/2016 6:28:12 AM PDT · by dila813 · 9 replies
    Today | Me
    Every year, more and more fireworks bans are being phased in. Fireworks to me, trigger the emotion of men fighting and dieing in the distance for freedom. It is the sound of rifle retorts, cannons, mortars, and people's homes being set on fire by the British. The push for firework bans seems to be more in the spirit of stamping this out rather than safety.
  • Dog finds hand after man loses it in fireworks accident

    07/04/2016 12:10:09 PM PDT · by digger48 · 54 replies
    WISH ^ | July 4, 2016 | Matt Jaworowski
    CHICAGO (WCMH/MEDIA GENERAL) – A nurse from Chicago got a rude awakening Thursday, a few hours after a man blew off his hand with a firecracker. Cheri Steigert tells WBBM-TV that she was asleep after an overnight shift when she heard an explosion and a scream in her Portage Park neighborhood in Chicago on Thursday afternoon. A few hours later, Steigert said she let her dog out in the yard. A few minutes later, the dog walked up to her with a hand in its mouth. “This is like the first Fourth of July that I had off in three...
  • Trump on Palestinian celebrations of terror: 'despicable!'

    06/09/2016 5:55:36 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/6/16 | Gil Ronen
    Donald Trump issued a scathing condemnation of Wednesday's terror rampage in Tel Aviv. "I condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the outrageous terrorist shootings that took the lives of at least four innocent civilians and wounded at least twenty others in Tel Aviv yesterday," he wrote. "The Israeli security forces’ investigation is ongoing, but some facts have already emerged — and they are grim. "Just as fast as the condolences arrive from the civilized world is the praise arising out of the uncivilized one. Hamas praised the attack, calling the attackers 'heroes.' Reports out of Hebron indicate that residents of...
  • 110 killed in Indian temple blaze horror; judicial probe ordered

    04/10/2016 9:24:12 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    Asia Times ^ | 04/10/2016
    The Kerala state government has ordered a judicial inquiry into a fireworks display (Watch the video clip) that went wrong at a South India temple killing at least 110 people and injuring more than 350 early Sunday. ... Competitive fireworks are illegal and stricter laws will be framed against such displays, he said. Over 50 bodies have been identified so far. Another 40 bodies are yet to be identified, he said, adding that DNA tests will be conducted to identify them. Most of the dead are either women or children. About 20,000 people had gathered on the temple premises to...
  • Wild GOP debate repeatedly goes off the rails as candidates shred each other on stage

    02/14/2016 2:02:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 128 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 14, 2016 | Pamela Engel
    "...Some of the last fireworks of the night came when Cruz attacked Trump's supposedly "very, very liberal" policies."Flexibility is a good thing, but you shouldn't be flexible on core principles," Cruz said. "I like Donald. He is an amazing entertainer. But his policies for most of his life..have been very, very liberal."Cruz continued:For most of his life, he has described himself as very pro-choice and as a supporter of partial-birth abortion. Right now today as a candidate, he supports federal taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. I disagree with him on that."You are the single biggest liar," Trump shot back. "You...
  • In Search of the First Rocket Man

    01/27/2016 2:19:45 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 25 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 1/27/16 | Paul Gilster
    In Search of the First Rocket Manby Paul Gilster on January 27, 2016 If you're interested enough in space to be reading this site, you've probably run into the name of Wan Hu. He's the subject of a tale that may well be spurious, but it's certainly lively. It seems that some time around the year 1500 AD, Wan Hu took his fascination with rocketry to the logical limit by building a chair equipped with 47 gunpowder rockets. Lit by 47 attendants, the combined rockets took Wan Hu somewhere, but just where is unknown, as he is said to have...
  • DeLand woman realizes she was shot days after incident

    07/11/2015 11:52:14 AM PDT · by PROCON · 10 replies ^ | July 9, 2015 | Kelly Joyce
    DELAND, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) - Heather Charlebois showed us the wound and bruise on her right thigh. What she thought was a firework hitting her leg on the 4th of July turned out to be a 38-caliber bullet. She said, "Suddenly it felt like something blew up in my lap". You can see in this surveillance video, Charlebois was sitting with her boyfriend watching a band at Cafe Da Vinci in DeLand with some friends at around 10:30 Saturday night. She said, "We heard a loud pop and I felt pain in my leg, so we all assumed...
  • Jason Pierre-Paul Burns Flesh Off Hand in Fireworks Accident (Giansts Defensive End)

    07/05/2015 9:31:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 5, 2015 | Paul Schwartz
    This time of year, there are always warnings about the risks and hazards involved with shooting off fireworks. Many listen to those warnings. Some do not. Jason Pierre-Paul did not, and it cost him, dearly. Pierre-Paul, the Giants’ 26-year-old star defensive end, suffered a serious but apparently not career-threatening hand injury Saturday night setting off Fourth of July fireworks at his South Florida home. While the full extent of the damage is not yet known, it is believed Pierre-Paul’s suffered significant burns on his palm and several fingers, and one finger may have sustained nerve damage, according to a source...
  • Maine police say 1 man killed in Calais fireworks accident (Darwin Award candidate)

    07/05/2015 8:20:51 AM PDT · by Bluewater2015 · 27 replies
    WGME 13 ^ | July 5, 2013 | N/A
    Devon Staples, 22, was killed in a bizarre incident that took place in a backyard as Staples and his friends were firing off fireworks. Investigators said Staples had placed the fireworks mortar tube on top of his head and set it off. The explosion caused a fatal head injury and he died instantly. Police said Staples had been drinking with friends at one of their homes on South Street
  • FIRE DANGER: Governor Inslee (Rat-WA) Tried to Ban Personal Fireworks for July 4th Celebrations

    07/04/2015 10:08:21 AM PDT · by PROCON · 30 replies ^ | Jul 3, 2015 | Chris Luther
    TRI-CITIES, WA. -- People are concerned about fireworks this Fourth of July. And not just locally, all over the Northwest. Governor Jay Inslee along with the Department of Natural Resources issued a burn ban for Washington but they wanted to do even more. No matter where you are in the Northwest, fireworks will be especially dangerous this year. Both Washington Governor Jay inslee and Oregon Governor Kate Brown have issued warnings. But regardless, fireworks stands have been open and selling in certain areas all week. So now they're urging extreme caution when using fireworks in cities and counties that legally...
  • Fireworks and Guns and the Second Amendment

    07/03/2015 8:44:49 AM PDT · by Talkwire · 3 replies
    Lawyer's Blog ^ | July 2, 2015 | Joseph Tully
    "Guns and fireworks are symbols of the birth of our Nation and our freedom. The beautiful spectacle in the skies and the loud booms created by fireworks are a proxy for the gunfire that forged us as a unified nation. Thus, guns and fireworks are symbols of independence and the power to secure it. Tyrants hate that. More and more around the country, there are restrictions on gun sales as well as fireworks. This is a symptom of the same illness; over-reaching autocrats pushing their will on the people. When the Second amendment is encroached, the banning of fireworks is...
  • Stairway to heaven: Artist creates stunning 1,650ft ladder in the sky with FIREWORKS

    07/03/2015 6:14:32 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 10 replies
    Daily ^ | 06/17/15 | Edward Chow
    A Chinese artist has found a unique way to express his love to his grandmother: a gigantic staircase in the air. These stunning photographs show the 1,650ft ladder, which was made with fireworks, stretch right up into the sky in Quanzhou, south-eastern China, on Monday. This is the work of Cai Guoqiang, an artist who is originally from the city and now based in New York, reported the People's Daily Online.
  • Fireworks-filled van explodes on California freeway (Barstow)

    07/02/2015 5:53:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 60 replies
    AP on ^ | 7/2/15 | Associated Press
    BARSTOW, Calif. (AP) — A box van packed with fireworks exploded and burned to the ground on a Southern California freeway Thursday, clogging the main road between Los Angeles and Las Vegas at the beginning of the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The Chevrolet van caught fire shortly before 1:30 p.m. Thursday on southbound Interstate 15 near the Nevada border, briefly closing southbound lanes for nearly an hour and backing up traffic several miles into Nevada, said California Highway Patrol Officer Ryan Camara. No one was injured.
  • At least 1 killed in wreck involving more than 100 vehicle on I-94 (Michigan)

    01/09/2015 10:20:25 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 19 replies ^ | 1/9/15 | Mark Bugnaski
    A crash that has shut down traffic in both directions on I-94 in eastern Kalamazoo County involves a truck hauling fireworks, police say. Lt. Dale Hinz with Michigan State Police said he was informed that the crash is fatal although he hasn't been to the scene to confirm that information. Multiple semi trucks and vehicles are involved and Hinz said motorists should avoid the area
  • VIRAL VIDEO: View Fireworks From Drone Flying Through Rockets Red Glare

    07/05/2014 10:26:00 AM PDT · by shove_it · 11 replies
    KRON4News ^ | 4 Jul 2014 | Brian Shields
    WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (KRON) — One of the biggest debates every Fourth of July is what’s the best place to sit to view the fireworrks. Photographer Jos Stiglingh may have found the definitive answer. Stinglingh strapped a Go Pro camera to a quad-copter drone and then flew it inside the fireworks explosions at a display in West Palm Beach Florida back in May. Neither the camera nor the drone was damaged. Enjoy along with the music. (click link for vid)
  • 4th of July fireworks brought to you by China

    07/05/2014 6:27:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/05/2014 | By ERIC BRADNER
    On Independence Day, celebrations across the United States depend on China. The sparklers, bottle rockets and Roman candles you're using this Fourth of July almost certainly came from there. So did the professional-grade pyrotechnics that was launched above the Washington Monument on Friday night. It’s a quirky exception to “Buy American” sentiments that are otherwise going strong and picking up steam in Washington and corporate America, especially around patriotic events. After all, Congress passed a law this year requiring flags flown by the U.S. military to be made in America. Ralph Lauren, meanwhile, scrambled ahead of this year’s Winter Olympics...
  • Iowa Banned Most Fireworks 76 Years Ago. Now One Lawmaker Is Trying to Change That.

    07/04/2014 8:40:01 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 26 replies
    The Heritage Foundation's Daily Signal ^ | July 04, 2014 | by Paul Brennen
    Jerri Andersen wasn’t impressed by the Fourth of July fireworks display at her local Hy-Vee in Urbandale, Iowa. “Of course, it’s not their fault,” she said. And it isn’t. The supermarket was displaying the only types of fireworks people can buy or possess in Iowa without a special permit: sparklers and snakes. All other consumer fireworks were banned in Iowa 76 years ago, following devastating fires in Spencer and Remen. The ban wouldn’t have prevented either fire. Both are believed to have been started by reckless use of sparklers. Andersen, from Colorado where most fireworks are legal, eventually decided on...
  • It's Official: Dubai Wins New Guinness World Record Title for 'Largest Fireworks Display'

    01/13/2014 3:40:15 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, January 13, 2014
    A staggering 479,651 shells were fired into the New Year’s Eve sky in just six minutesIt’s official, not only did Dubai succeed in breaking the world record for the world’s ‘Largest Fireworks Display’, it managed to smash it by firing a staggering 479,651 shells into the New Year’s Eve sky in just six minutes - almost 80,000 shells per minute and 1,332 fireworks per second. Within the first 60 seconds, Dubai fired enough shells to break the previous Guinness World Record, an hour-long show of 77,282 fireworks achieved in November 2011. As part of the rigorous verification process, Guinness World...
  • Millions flock to Rio de Janeiro to celebrate New Year

    12/31/2013 11:53:24 PM PST · by Colofornian ^ | Jan. 1, 2014
    Millions of people have flocked to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to take part in one of the biggest New Year's parties in the world:
  • Thieves die after fireworks filled safe explodes

    10/16/2013 6:03:53 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 41 replies ^ | October 11, 2013
    An ill-advised attempt to break into a safe with a welding torch wound up costing two men their lives. According to investigators in New Hampshire, the thieves were using a welding torch to crack open the safe when they accidentally set off fireworks stored inside. Police say the two were trying to open up the four-foot-high, concrete-lined safe with an oxyacetylene torch at a landscaping shop when the explosion occurred. WCVB reports the resulting explosion was so powerful that it blew the huge safe through the building, landing it outside. Investigators don't believe the men knew there were fireworks inside...
  • Owner says deadly Hopkinton explosion caused by burglars using torch to open safe of fireworks

    10/10/2013 5:41:53 AM PDT · by NewHampshireDuo · 40 replies
    New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | 10/10/2013 | Nancy Bean Foster
    HOPKINTON — A safe full of fireworks and an acetylene torch caused an explosion that took the lives of two men who police said were attempting an early morning burglary at a landscaping company. Lucas Burke, 21, of Allenstown and Ethan Keeler, 20, of Epsom died in a blast at New Yard Landscaping at 67 Farrington Corner Road. According to the state fire marshal’s office, “the two males were attempting to gain entry into a closed metal container which contained consumer fireworks using an oxy-acetylene cutting torch when the blast occurred. The investigation has revealed that the two victims did...
  • Travelers Rest man killed in fireworks mishap

    07/05/2013 11:58:22 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 23 replies
    The Travelers Rest Tribune ^ | 05 July 2013 | James Richardson
    A 54-year-old Travelers Rest man died Thursday night after he was injured in a fireworks-related accident. Robin Rhodes Smith was setting of fireworks at his home on Hilltop Road in Travelers Rest around 9:20 p.m. when the incident occurred, according to Mike Ellis, chief deputy for the Greenville County Coroner's Office. Witnesses told Ellis that Smith lit a flaming ball charge and inserted it into a mortar-type launching tube, but it did not ignite. Smith used a pocket knife to install another fuse and, once lit, held the base of the tube up against his chest. Ellis said the round...
  • Military Fireworks Show Cut, Even Though Local Company Volunteered To Do It For Free

    07/04/2013 10:12:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Military veterans are upset after the annual Camp Lejeune fireworks show for military members and their families was cut. What makes it even worse: A Pittsburgh area company offered to do the show for free, but the government said, thanks, but no thanks. The military says the show meant for more than 47-thousand Marines and Sailors was cancelled due to federal cutbacks.
  • July 4th fireworks furloughed at military bases (Hussein's sequester)

    06/30/2013 5:57:12 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    MSN ^ | 6/31/13 | Jennifer C. Kerr
    WASHINGTON — The Fourth of July won't have a patriotic boom in the sky over some military bases because budget cuts and furloughed workers also mean furloughed fireworks. Independence Day celebrations have been canceled at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base and at the Army's Fort Bragg, both in North Carolina. The annual July Fourth celebration also has been scrapped at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Ga. The reason is money — namely the lack of it.
  • July 4th fireworks scrapped at a number of bases

    06/30/2013 5:27:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 6/30/13 | Jennifer C. Kerr
    WASHINGTON- The Fourth of July won´t have a patriotic boom in the sky over some military bases because budget cuts and furloughed workers also mean furloughed fireworks. Independence Day celebrations have been canceled at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base and at the Army´s Fort Bragg, both in North Carolina. The annual July Fourth celebration also has been scrapped at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Ga. The reason is money - namely the lack of it. The failure in Washington to follow up a 2011 budget pact with additional spending cuts meant $85 billion across-the-board cuts
  • Bloomberg to urge Cuomo to veto bill to allow sparkler sales outside of NYC over terror target fears

    06/29/2013 9:53:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The New York Post ^ | June 26, 2013 | CARL CAMPANILE
    It could spark terrorism! Mayor Bloomberg will urge Gov. Cuomo to veto legislation that would legalize the sale of sparklers outside New York City, arguing that terrorists could resort to using even kiddie fireworks to ignite a bomb. And that’s a risk not worth taking, City Hall officials said. The mayor opposes the measure, which the Legislature passed last week, even though it wouldn’t apply to the five boroughs, where a ban on sparklers — and all other fireworks — would remain in effect. The bill would allow the sale of sparklers and other small “novelty” fireworks only in counties...
  • Bloomberg Cites Failed Terrorist Threat In Attempt To Ban Sparklers

    06/29/2013 6:23:29 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 17 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | June 29, 2013 | Dean Garrison
    Just when you thought that Mayor Michael Bloomberg could not get any dumber… I promise you that the truth is always stranger than fiction with this man. I find myself embarrassed for the people of New York City as I report this. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is calling for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to veto legislation that would legalize the sale of sparklers outside of New York City. Please understand that fireworks are already banned within the five boroughs under his jurisdiction. He is trying to make law for the rest of the state. Has anyone else had enough out...
  • Bloomberg: If sparklers are legal, the terrorists will win

    06/28/2013 6:53:50 PM PDT · by LyinLibs · 58 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6/26/2013 | Robby Soave
    Citing national security concerns and the war on terror, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked New York Gov. Michael Cuomo to ban the sale of children’s fireworks.
  • Al-Qaeda Propagandist Called For Attacks On Sports Events

    04/16/2013 2:13:26 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 141 replies ^ | April 16, 2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( – Although no group has claimed responsibility for Monday’s deadly bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon, a leading al-Qaeda ideologue last year recommended that jihadists in America include sporting events in their list of prospective terror targets.
  • Report: Tsarnaevs motivated by opposition to Iraq and Afghan wars, Al-Queda online Mag .....

    04/23/2013 1:09:15 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 34 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 1:21 pm on April 23, 2013 | Allahpundit
    To borrow a line from Dennis Green, they are who we thought they were. From his hospital bed, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has acknowledged his role in planting the explosives near the marathon finish line on April 15, the officials said. The first successful large-scale bombing in the post-Sept. 11, 2001, era, the Boston attack killed three people and wounded more than 250 others.The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe an ongoing investigation, said Dzhokhar and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed by police as the two attempted to avoid capture, do not appear to have been...
  • 4 detained after deadly highway collapse in China

    02/01/2013 9:48:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 1, 2013 11:45 PM EST | Didi Tang
    Chinese authorities have detained four people, state media said Saturday, a day after at least 11 people died when a truck loaded with fireworks for Lunar New Year celebration exploded, collapsing an elevated portion of highway in central China. The accident sent vehicles plummeting 30 meters (about 100 feet) to the ground, and state-run China Central Television said 11 people were now confirmed dead and another 11 injured. The official Xinhua News Agency said the collapse smashed and buried at least 25 vehicles. Rescue work continues Saturday. CCTV said Saturday that the truck that exploded took the road without proper...
  • Fireworks Truck Explodes on Bridge in China (87 yards collapse)

    02/01/2013 10:03:23 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 1, 2013 | CHRIS BUCKLEY
    HONG KONG — A truck laden with fireworks exploded on an elevated expressway in central China on Friday, unleashing a blast that threw vehicles 30 yards to the ground below and killing at least nine people, state news reports said. The truck was on an expressway near Sanmenxia in Henan Province in morning fog when the truck erupted, causing an 87-yard section of the Yichang Bridge to collapse, according to the Web site of Dahe Daily, a newspaper in Henan, which quoted rescue officials at the site. Earlier, officials had raised the possibility that a bridge collapse set off the...
  • Fireworks Shot Off Early in Bay (San Diego)

    07/04/2012 10:50:54 PM PDT · by cabojoe · 37 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 7/4/2012 | Lauren Steussy
    Those watching the Big Bay Boom in San Diego's Glorietta Bay witnessed what was either an accidental fireworks display -- or a very disappointing fireworks show. Port District authorities said a "technical difficulty" resulted in all the fireworks going off at once. "We sincerely apologize for the technical glitch that affected the #BigBayBoom. Event producers are currently investigating the cause," read a Tweet from the Port of San Diego. The Port hires the company Garden State Fireworks to operate the fireworks show. A spokesperson with the company confirmed that there was a technical issue in the show, but officials are...
  • Oops! Rifle shot ignites fireworks for Kitsap shows (WA)

    07/04/2012 2:09:58 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 19 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 07/02/2012 | Kim Murphy
    One of the shots hit a junk car in his yard and must've ricocheted and struck the (container) that contained $80,000 worth of fireworks. . . . He knew the container was there, he knew the container contained fireworks, he accepts responsibility. But we don't think the insurance will cover it, because it happened on business property and shooting a gun at 1 in the morning has nothing whatever to do with his business of auto wrecking . . . .
  • Animals deserve a fireworks-free Fourth

    07/02/2012 2:59:11 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 64 replies
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 7-2-12 | Lindsay Pollard-Post
    I once "oohed" and "ahhed" over fireworks, but that was before I knew how our annual celebrations of freedom wreak havoc on other species. For animals, Fourth of July fireworks aren't festive - they're frightening and sometimes even fatal. Animals' ears are far more sensitive than ours. Deafening blasts can cause them intense pain and even damage their hearing. The endless bangs and booms cause many dogs and cats to panic and jump over backyard fences, slip out of their collars, break free from their chains, dig out of yards, tear through screened windows or doors and even crash through...
  • Bomb squad removes unexploded firework from accident victim's chest

    05/30/2012 4:53:09 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 5-29-12 | sarah horner
    A Linwood Township man is in critical condition after the St. Paul Bomb Squad removed an unexploded firework from his chest over the holiday weekend. The 31-year-old apparently was shooting off illegal fireworks in the 6800 block of 225th Lane in Linwood Township about 9 p.m. Saturday, May 26, when a firework intended for the sky penetrated his chest, according to Cmdr. Paul Sommer, spokesman for the Anoka County sheriff's office. He had placed two rounds in a mortar tube and was holding the tube when the first round shot up and exploded in the air as intended. The other...
  • Great 2012 London Firewworks Display

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  • LIVE - Iceland’s Unique New Year Fireworks Display (Made by the people, for the people)

    12/31/2011 10:23:19 AM PST · by VU4G10 · 16 replies
    REYKJAVIK, Iceland - Iceland’s unique fireworks display, made by the people, for the people, will be shared with the world on New Year’s Eve and into the New Year online live at: New Year’s Eve in Iceland is a spectacular celebration. Festivities traditionally start with a family dinner, followed by bonfires (brenna), where family, friends and neighbors gather to enjoy the warm fire and celebrate with music. According to Icelandic folklore, there are several magical traditions that are supposed to happen on New Year’s Eve: cows are thought to be able to talk, seals take on human form, the...
  • Finland 'finds Patriot missiles' on China-bound ship

    12/21/2011 3:22:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/21/11 | BBC
    The Finnish authorities have impounded an Isle of Man-flagged ship bound for China with undeclared missiles and explosives, officials say. Police are questioning the crew of the MS Thor Liberty after what were described as 69 Patriot anti-missile missiles were found aboard. Interior Minister Paivi Rasanen said the missiles were marked "fireworks". The MS Thor Liberty had docked in the Finnish port of Kotka after leaving Germany last week. Dock workers became suspicious after finding explosives poorly stored on open pallets, and the missiles were then found in containers marked "fireworks". The managing director of the ship's owner, Thorco Shipping,...
  • Fireworks mistakenly set off all at once at display in Scotland

    11/06/2011 8:52:26 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 39 replies · 2+ views
    Telegraph ^ | Nov. 6, 2011
    The Oban community fireworks display in Western Scotland lasted one minute instead of 30 minutes. The audience who came to see the Oban Community Fireworks Display got a surprise this year. A technical hitch saw all of the fireworks released simultaneously, unleashing a cacophony of noise. Footage of the display shows a deafening, wild and uncoordinated display that lasts for just over a minute. After the extremely short display, Councillor Roddie McCuish, one of the organisers of the event, apologised to the crowd of hundreds...
  • EPA Vs. Fireworks

    07/13/2011 5:05:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    IBD ^ | 7/13/11 | Editorial
    Overregulation: The Environmental Protection Agency is at it again — this time eyeing smog standards so stringent it could actually force cities to choose between July 4th fireworks and hugely expensive new rules. When the EPA was enacting stricter smog standards in the '90s, critics said some communities would have to sacrifice things like 4th of July fireworks to comply. Then-EPA-head Carol Browner dismissed such talk as "nothing more than scare tactics" from polluters. "They are false," she said in 1977. "They are wrong. They are manipulative." Tell that to Wichita. Few would think of this south-central city in Kansas...
  • Boston gets a nonreality show

    07/10/2011 6:51:45 PM PDT · by matt04 · 19 replies
    Those who watched Boston’s revered Fourth of July celebration Monday night on CBS were treated to spectacular views of fireworks exploding behind the State House, Quincy Market, and home plate at Fenway Park, among other places - great views, until you consider that they were physically impossible. As viewers began to point out yesterday, it would not have been geographically possible to see the fireworks above and behind the landmarks in question, since the display was launched from a barge in the Charles River and in directions away from those places. “According to CBS, you can see the fireworks from...
  • No more 4th of July fireworks shows for me

    07/05/2011 1:24:49 PM PDT · by no gnu taxes · 91 replies
    stupid vanity
    Now that 4th is over, I will make my rant. Don't get me wrong -- I have nothing against the custom. But you have to get there 2 hours early to be able to park anywhere close to an area you can view the event. The show lasts about 30-40 minutes, and then it takes you 2 hours to get out of the parking lot. I don't have the patience for this anymore. I think last night is the last one I'll be attending.
  • Police identify victim of north Fargo fireworks accident

    07/05/2011 5:14:52 PM PDT · by Last Dakotan · 52 replies
    In-forum ^ | July 05, 2011 | Heidi Shaffer
    FARGO – Police have identified the victim of Monday's fatal fireworks accident as Jesse William Burley, 41. An eyewitness here says a Fourth of July fireworks accident decapitated the Fargo man Monday night. Chris Hanson, who lives down the street from the victim, was packing up his car to leave north Fargo’s Riviera Heights mobile home park when the accident happened as tornado sirens sounded just before 9:30 p.m. Burley, Hanson’s neighbor, was getting ready to set off a second round of what Hanson said he believes was either a homemade or illegal artillery shell firework. “He went over into...
  • Happy Independence Day! New York and Washington lead the nation (incredible photos)

    07/04/2011 9:55:33 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | July 5, 2011 | Fiona Roberts
    The nation's most extravagant display of July 4 fireworks was a triumphant celebration that turned solemn briefly to commemorate the 10-year mark since the September 11 attacks. Tens of thousands of people from all over the world streamed to Manhattan's West Side to see the pyrotechnics show over the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey, featuring more than 40,000 shells exploding in choreographed, multicolored progression. The show, sponsored by Macy's, paid tribute to the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty's début in New York Harbour. Fireworks blasted off from six barges along the river to heights of...
  • NYPD Fireworks Destruction Extravaganza

    07/03/2011 4:25:23 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 23 replies
    youtube ^ | 1 July 2011 | nytcityroom
    More than 5,000 pounds of fireworks were detonated in one big pile at the New York Police Department firing range in the Bronx on Friday, July 1, 2011.
  • SF Bay Area fireworks fall victim to tough economy

    07/02/2011 1:33:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies ^ | 7/2/11 | Carolyn Jones
    The Fourth of July sky will be a little darker this year as lean economic times force cities across the Bay Area to snuff out a favorite all-American tradition: fireworks shows. In past years, the East Bay shoreline was ablaze with exploding, booming, multicolored pyrotechnics on Independence Day. But this year only Berkeley and San Pablo will light up their waterfronts with fireworks. The others are too far in the red for the red, white and blue. Livermore and Hercules dropped their fireworks and parades this year. Oakland and San Leandro canceled their fireworks a year or two ago. Other...
  • My Favorite Place to Buy Fireworks

    07/01/2011 3:34:14 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 40 replies
    self | July 1, 2011 | 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.
  • Man shoots self accidently after hearing fireworks

    06/26/2011 5:09:33 PM PDT · by csvset · 4 replies
    Daily Herald ^ | 24 june 2011 | Staff
    A shooting call in Roanoke Rapids Thursday night turned out to be accidentally self-inflicted, authorities said. Capt. Andy Jackson, head of investigations for the Roanoke Rapids Police Department, said at 10:43 p.m. Thursday, police responded to the 100 block of Madison Street in reference to a victim who had been shot. “When officers arrived, the victim said he was shot walking down the back alley between Madison and Monroe Street by an unknown subject he hadn’t seen,” Jackson said. Det. Corey Dixon was called to the scene to investigate, Jackson said, and after looking into the shooting, Dixon was able...