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Fireworks Safety Tips

Before lighting fireworks:

When lighting fireworks:

After finishing:

A note on M-80's, cherry bombs and similar devices

They go by a variety of names. M-80's, M-100's, cherry bombs, tennis ball bombs, it goes on. They all have one thing in common. They are completely illegal in the United States and Canada and very dangerous in every way, shape and form. If you value your quality of life, avoid these devices at all cost.

The reason is simple. Unlike firecrackers, fountains, bottle rockets and other pyrotechnic devices, the above fireworks are illegal. Since they are illegal, there is no quality control involved in the devices. All 1.4 (class C) and 1.3 g (class B), have to meet safety guidelines on how fast the fuse can burn, the amount of pyrotechnic composition used, and types of material. M-80's, cherry bombs, etc do not follow any safety guidelines. You have no guarantee how fast the fuse will burn, the amount of pyrotechnic material, used, nothing. You might light the first fuse with no problems, but one quick fuse and the next thing you know, you are missing a hand.

If you really want to play with things that go bang in the night, study to become a licensed pyrotechnic operator. The explosions will be bigger, the effects more incredible and far safer.

Written by Wally Glenn
Edited by Neil Carlberg, Maque Da Vis and Daniel Walsh.

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