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Celebrate Independence Day With Fireworks

Posted by LOTGK on July 4, 2013

As the twilight of Independence Day rapidly approaches, it is our solemn duty and privilege to pay homage to all men and women who have given their lives paying the ultimate sacrifice defending our country and our freedom.

Tonight as we celebrate the Fourth of July remember the words so elegantly penned by Francis Scott Key during the defense of Fort Henry September 20th, 1814…

“And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.”

Before you begin to illuminate the skies this evening by launching volley after volley of pyrotechnic patriotism, pause a moment and reflect on the sacrifices incurred by our forefathers more than two centuries ago. Gaze upon the heavens in wonder as fireworks brilliantly and brashly shout out loud and clear that we the people stand united as a nation declaring in unison that America is the best damn nation the world has known.

Hug you wife, husband, significant other, son, and daughter. Yell out a hearty hello to your neighbors that have come forth from their homes this evening to watch the fireworks shows and to celebrate as an entire nation.

“O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.”

God Bless America.

Phantom Fireworks – Half And Half Rack
The Half and Half does exactly what it means in several ways. Each of it’s nine shots have a very loud report, (Turn on your speakers to fully enjoy the video) and each burst splits into two separate colors that fill the sky. The finale shoots three big bursts all at once that will assuredly be a crowd pleaser.

Phantom Fireworks – Stellar Storm
The stellar Storm is a 12 shot which sends two shots at once in the sky bursting a split second apart from each other filling the sky with noise and multi-color bursts.

Phantom Fireworks – Charcoal Rack
The charcoal Rack is a 9 shot finale that rockets out of the tubes into the sky with large colorful palm bursts and very loud reports.

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Worst Fireworks Prank Ever

Posted by LOTGK on July 4, 2011

Worst Fireworks Prank Ever

Happy Independence Day!

As the day light slips into night this evening and you begin your annual preparation to light up the skies with fireworks, please use common sense and caution when lighting your fireworks displays.
* Always read the caution labels.
* Always have a bucket of water or hose available just in case.
* Never carry fireworks in your back pocket.
* Never attempt to re-light a firework that doesn’t ignite or malfunctions.
* Do not throw fireworks at the crowd.
* In fact, don’t throw fireworks period.
* Don’t smoke when lighting fireworks.
* Don’t drink and light fireworks.
* And for God’s sake, never, ever, place the last red firecracker of the evening into the mouth of your sleeping girlfriend passed out on the couch. The results are never the outcome anticipated.

MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!

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Phantom Fireworks Trash Can

Posted by LOTGK on July 3, 2010

Phantom Fireworks - Youngstown, Ohio

July second, I found myself in downtown Youngstown, Ohio driving past the Phantom Fireworks outlet on Martin Luther King Junior Blvd. Of course my Jeep pulled into the packed parking lot. It was a good day to buy fireworks to celebrate the birth of our great nation. I found a great parking spot thanks to the workers in the lot directing traffic most efficiently.

$430.00 Value For $200.00 Bucks

As I was browsing the various assortments I happened upon the Phantom Fireworks Trash Can assortment. Mac, the showroom manager, (Whom I happen to know and BTW he throws one hell of a hot tub party,) came over and explained that there were two versions. One with the Grand Finale kit and one with the Showtime repeater. As you can see by the picture, (Taken with my HTC Hero phone) both trash can assortments have a good selection. The cost was $199.00 including the trash can. I quickly used my calculator on my phone and added up each item. If I purchased each item separately, the cost would be $430.00, less the buy one get one free sale going on bringing the total to $215.00. A saving of $15.00 and you get the functional trash can thrown in for free. If I would have selected the Showtime Repeater version, the cost would have been $480.00 less the buy one get one free promotion going on, or a $40.00 savings.

Fully Packed Trash Can

I opted for the Grand Finale version and my Phantom Fireworks trash can was packed up for me and I wheeled it up to the register. The line moved rather quickly and soon I was out the door. To the left is my trash can full of fireworks. I choose the Grand Finale version because it has 14 different repeater items including the Emerald City, Rain Of Fire, and Walloping Warhead, three of my favorites. Also, two 500 gram maximum load cakes were part of the deal, and a large rocket bag assortment with hundreds of rockets of all different types plus a reloadable shell kit, the Radical Recoil shells.

Luckily, my Jeep has folding seats and no roof so my trash can fit perfectly in the back.

A tip from me, the Curator of the Grassy Knoll Institute. The Phantom Fireworks trash can assortment is a good value, but make sure you have a vehicle big enough to not only haul your fireworks purchases, but the trash can as well.

As with all Fourth Of July celebrations:
* Please make sure that you use caution when illuminating the skies this Fourth Of July celebrating the birth of our great nation.
* Keep children and viewers at a safe distance.
* Make sure to have water to douse any embers that may still be smoldering.
* Never carry fireworks in your pockets. Trust me on this.
* Only light one item at a time.
* Alcohol and fireworks do not mix well together. Have a designated lighter as you would a designated driver.
* And as always, May The Fourth Be With You.

May The Fourth Be With You!!!!

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Today We Celebrate Our Independence

Posted by LOTGK on July 4, 2008

As the twilight of Independence Day rapidly approaches, it is our solemn duty and privilege to pay homage to all men and women who have given their lives paying the ultimate sacrifice defending our country and our freedom.

Tonight as we celebrate the Fourth of July remember the words so elegantly penned by Francis Scott Key during the defense of Fort Henry September 20th, 1814 .

“And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.”

Before you begin to illuminate the skies this evening by launching volley after volley of pyrotechnic patriotism, pause a moment and reflect on the sacrifices incurred by our forefathers 228 years ago. Gaze upon the heavens in wonder as fireworks brilliantly and brashly shout out loud and clear that we the people stand united as a nation declaring in unison that America is the best damn nation the world has known.

Hug you wife, husband, son, and daughter. Yell out a hearty hello to your neighbors that have come forth from their homes this evening to watch the fireworks shows and to celebrate as an entire nation.

“O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.”

God Bless America .

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Past Fourth Of July Memories

Posted by LOTGK on November 25, 2007

Hello, My Name Is LOTGK And I Am A Pyromaniac….

The Fourth of July is dawning and I cannot wait. As an adult, I respect fireworks and the warning labels that come with them. But back in the day, the late 60’s and 70’s fireworks were something different. Sort of a rite of passage. We were lucky to live by a firework company and even luckier to have several brothers of the owner of that company that belonged to our “MOB.”

Fireworks were part of our neighborhood culture. Not just snakes, party poppers, snaps, and smoke balls, but missiles, rockets, firecrackers, roman candle, fountains, cones, wheels, and repeaters.

DISCLAIMER: Consumer fireworks should only be used as intended on each device’ label. Read the instructions and caution label on each item before using. Never let children use or handle fireworks. (You wouldn’t let your ten year old child drive you to the supermarket in your car) Always have a bucket of water or garden hose close by to put out any smoldering embers. Never, ever, hold fireworks in your hand, or put fireworks in your pockets, or aim fireworks at people, buildings, or any other object. Never throw fireworks. Make sure you have a wide open space to light your fireworks. Never between house or buildings, or under freaking bridges. Never put your head or any other part of your body over a firework device. To put it bluntly, use your common sense. Do not try what you are about to read at home.

One of our favorite games of the Daredevils club was called Roman Candles at ten paces. Each of us would take a ten ball roman candle, stand back to back, walk off ten paces, light the candle, turn and face each other, aim, and fire. Let me tell you, it hurts like hell when one of those volleys hit you. What a sound roman candles make when they whiz past your ears. Amazingly, none of us ever got hurt. And yes, we had pretty good aim.

Another favorite item was the Large Sound Colorful Birds. These were tiny fat tootsie roll type fireworks that when lit, would scream into the air at a very high velocity. To add extra excitement, we would go around to the back of the school yard where they had a 75% enclosed porch area and crowd ourselves in. The porch was only about 6X8 in size. We would then light the colorful birds and then drop them on the ground and watch and wait. The person who got hit was eliminated and he would light the next colorful bird. After two rounds, three colorful birds would go off at the same time as all three that were eliminated would toss in the birds at the same time. This process would continue until only two were left standing, or not on fire, whichever came first. Some would say we were brave lads, others would say we were idiots. I think the latter was correct.

One more story before I move to the annual street fireworks party.
One item we loved was the 16,000 string of firecrackers. Yes, I said 16,000. (Technically I wrote it) This item could be used two ways. It was packaged in a big round roll and if you opened the package and piled the entire string in a big mess and lit it, it would go off in very rapid succession making ear splitting noise and also causing a fire ball rivaling an atomic bomb. But the best usage was stringing the roll across the 5 lane highway Market Street. When the roll was stretched this far, it would last approximately 5 minutes. Of course it stopped traffic as cars stopped not wanting to cross the firecracker line.

This brings us to the annual July 4th block street party. Our fireworks show lasted for hours, from dusk till roughly midnight. The neighborhood kids would load up on the best fireworks available, the bigger the cakes the better and as soon as dusk fell, would begin our assault on the night sky. There were about a dozen of us scurrying back and forth from the curb grabbing the next cake repeater or fountain to light. We would always start out with the easy stuff. The #3 cones, (Fountains that looked like Indian teepee’s) bundles of jumping jack, (colorful noisy ground spinners that spun wildly all over the place) ground bloom flowers, (Larger ground spinners that changed colors and hummed as they spun) Fountains, (boxed devices that shoot out sparks 10-15 feet high that change colors, whistle, wail, and several other effects) and of course hundreds of packs of firecrackers constantly going off. The older people, the parents, would be waving morning glory sparklers around sitting on their lawn chairs observing the festivities.

The next phase would begin with repeaters, (Cake looking fireworks that shoot multiple times many different effects at one time) Garden in Spring, kaleidoscope, Frightened birds, and 48 shot pearls would begin the volley as each of us lit cake after cake. After the small cakes were shot, we moved to the medium ones. The 96 shot colorful pearl, the 100 shot Saturn battery, 36 shot happy fireworks, Soiree, Thunder bolts, Christmas fireworks, and large twitter glitter would reign in the sky. This is the point when we got serious and the crowd, which had gathered by now, began to chant their ouhhhs and ahhhs as cake after cake was lit.

We then changed up on the crowd and brought out the tube items. (Long usually single shot cylindrical fireworks with a base and standing approximately 1 foot high) Thunder and rainbow, skyracket, #100 floral, blinking Ionic clouds, stars and bombs, and of course the #200 floral midnite finale. (The largest shell allowed by class C law) and plenty of festival balls. (Relaodable shell where you dropped an onion looking firework with a long wick into the tube and lit it) These items were high flying with spectacular bursts in the sky that brought the crowd to a frenzy. They were now fully primed for the finale. And we were just the guys to give it to them.

The big guns came out. The Cannoli cakes. (Big round 90 shot powerful cakes) named Yellow cake, red celebrating, mountain flower, silver flower, silvery swallow, and the grand daddy of them all, the 90 shot blossom after thundering. We would line up one of each cake and light them in unison. Then as the crowd thought this was the finale, we would crack open several 16,000 strip rolls of firecrackers and let them roar and behind it light five or six of each big cannoli cake. The entire sky would be bursting, the street looking light daylight, and the crowd of people wildly cheering. Hundreds of people would have gathered by then with people who stopped their cars to watch. They would begin to beep their horns in admiration of our pyrotechnic prowess.

Our neighborhood ruled the skies on July 4th. No street or neighborhood could rival our effort or show. On the dawn of this Fourth of July, it brings back many memories of a very fond childhood. I have already purchased my fireworks and am awaiting ever so patiently with my son for the sun to go down to continue the tradition of celebrating the birth of our nation with fireworks bursting in the night sky.

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