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As the fourth of July approaches, millions of people in the United States will be participating in the enjoyment of using fireworks to celebrate Independence Day, some at their own homes and some who travel to see a show.

Fireworks such as sparklers, bottle rockets, and roman candles are consider safe for use. Consumer firework usage, safety and their availability has long been a debate ranging from local complaints about noise and leftover debris to state policy prohibiting private use of fireworks.
Many states have already implemented regulations against the use and selling of fireworks while others simply limit their use. While the majority of consumers handle fireworks with the proper precautions, many others may use or manipulate fireworks in a manner that can be disruptive. 

Fireworks have two classifications: 

  • Display - mostly for public display, larger, and significantly more powerful
  • Consumer - low explosive, generally for sale and used by consumers for home use
For younger people, fireworks are a staple of growing up. Many adults today have fond memories of not so legally setting off fireworks to light the night sky. Fireworks, according to some psychologists, can actually help create a platform for social interaction for younger adults who aren't necessarily "socially plugged in". In the case for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a small part of the investigation included images showcasing his use of them with friends and of course remnants of fireworks found in his possession. Many speculate that the items found were an example of how some younger individuals like to "piece together" their own fireworks or displays by manipulating the fireworks themselves. You can read more about that in an earlier piece here.

According to the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives), “homemade explosives can pose a particular risk for injury because the people making them often lack knowledge...devices such as m-80’s, m-100’s, quarter sticks, cherry bombs, silver salutes, etc.” 

The question that could be discussed here is, if there are so many that create their own “homemade” fireworks, could it be because of social or personal experimentation or just for the sheer pleasure of it? What makes fireworks so fascinating that it draws a person to exploration? Should there be policy written to prevent use and/or manipulation of fireworks?


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John
6/14/2013 02:46:58 pm

"In a chilling twist, the company that sold Tamerlan the fireworks is the same one that sold Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad the firecrackers he used to build his failed car bomb."

The kits are advertised by the company as “barely legal"
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/tamerlan-bought-bombs-article-1.1325504#ixzz2WCIzWcpJ

Fireworks including bangers are illegal in my country unless you get a licence and have a professional fireworks operator using them. I know it's just another controlling law but are we at a loss without them....no.

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NadePaulKuciGravMcKi
6/14/2013 02:49:27 pm

most boys (and some men) are precocious by nature

And most boys love to mess with fireworks by nature.

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Kate
6/14/2013 05:41:51 pm

Here is another article that suggests that fireworks would not have been used in the bombing. A statement from the American Pyrotechnics assosiation says, "We believe it is virtually impossible to create the level of destruction and devastation caused in Boston with legitimate consumer fireworks and suspect that the investigation will ultimately point toward other materials being responsible for the creation of the deadly pressure cooker bombs" http://m.prnewswire.com/news-releases/american-pyrotechnics-association-offers-information-regarding-fireworks-devices-implicated-in-boston-bombing-investigation-204782871.html

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Jaci
6/15/2013 12:45:03 am

None of this conversations may matter, on the freejahar.net site , supposedly his sister, Bella posted that he is going to plead guilty! I don't know if it is someone pretending to be her, but that is suppose to be his official site. They also said on Heda's Instagram that a letter to his mother will come out soon....

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Iris
6/19/2013 06:14:03 am

Freejahar has been hacked. Not the first time this has happened to any supporter account. Most common on Twitter, but has happened on other platforms as well.

Blake
6/15/2013 10:48:56 am

They would say that. They are frightened of more restrictive legislation of firework sales.

The bombs are all about compression.
"Gunpowder, or Black Powder, an explosive mixture of fine grains of charcoal, sulfur, and saltpeter. The saltpeter (potassium nitrate) supplies oxygen, while the charcoal and sulfur act as fuel. Placed in a container such as a paper tube or the barrel of a gun, and touched off by a flame or spark, gunpowder explodes. Spread thinly in an open space, gunpowder merely burns rapidly."

Burning gunpowder of any sort produces hot expanding gas. If it is sealed in a strong container, you get an explosion. Even a match head wrapped in tin foil, when heated explodes.

This is not really part of this topic.

Because fireworks are dangerous, it is illegal for private citizens to use, possess, or sell fireworks in Massachusetts,

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John
6/15/2013 11:52:00 am

I totally agree, there seems to be this big battle sometimes to hold onto things that people say oh there just trying to rule us etc. In some instances people are right in relation to rights Governments crossing the line. In some ways you have to pick your battles. When it comes to fireworks which are indeed dangerous then some more guidelines are needed I think.
I know things can go down the illegal route then but at least it would've a little harder to follow through with a plan.

For example if a person who wanted to buy fireworks that are described by the store as barely legal, had to have a legal permit, a set event at which they were using it and a person hired to s et them off well, if you really wanted your fireworks display you could have it, but it's a few more hoops to jump through for the person who might not be using them for the right purpose.

Shelley
6/16/2013 04:15:48 am

When the fireworks first became part of the story, and the media went to the NH store where Tamerlan had purchased some fireworks, the store and the media readily stated as fact that the kind of powder found in these fireworks could not have been used in the bombs because it isn't powerful enough. Later, the media speculated that maybe they were used, and then stated that they were used. I still believe the first statements because they were pre-spin.

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Jaci
6/15/2013 01:35:50 am

Ok, now they took her comments down, but you can still see the replies! This is the craziest case in history! So hopefully, it was a fake comment

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B
6/15/2013 10:12:01 am

Jaci, it was a hater apparently! The real Bella wrote later explaining what hppened

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Shelley
6/16/2013 04:12:55 am

A hacker also went on the mother's website prior to this and wrote something similar. Everything that is said in this case seems to change given a little time.

7/2/2013 03:24:15 pm

Quality and safe lights for holiday decorations home.

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