Let’s go back and pretend today is Friday January 1st 2010, then it means I’m not a few days late with this Friday Flick Find 🙂
What else to show a video of, on this day (January 1st), than Fireworks? I picked this video partly because of the New Year but also because we don’t have fireworks like that (in the video), over here.
I celebrated New Year in my home country, where an accident a few years back in a fireworks factory are the reason for fireworks no longer being able to contain more than 75 gram of powder where they used to be allowed 250 gram or something like that. Basically that means you can’t find big fireworks any more, legally. I don’t encourage illegal fireworks since it’s illegal for a reason – and often far too dangerours, since most of us don’t know how to handle explosives properly!
Regarding the accident which happened in 2004: Two employees were emptying a 40 ft container with fireworks, when they dropped a box of fireworks. It exploded and the fire quickly spread to the rest of the container as well as another 40 ft container. After another explosion, the fire then spread to the halls where around 800 tons of fireworks were stored. That also exploded and resulted in 2.2 on the Richter scale.
No people died as far as I know, but a few were injured. Two months after the accident the total amount of damages were around 150 million dollars.
Here’s a video of a 24 inch (!) fireworks shell: