Sunday, July 3, 2011


Fire Work are some explosive four letter words.

Tomorrow is the day celebrated as Independence Day in the United States.  In a letter to his wife, John Adams, signer of the Declaration of Independence and future president predicted that it would be "solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more."  Today, those "illuminations" take the form of fireworks - bright colorful explosions of gunpowder.

It is an odd sort of partnership - a technology used for war, with the fundamental design to cause harm, used in a peaceful civilian operation.  In most states, one can buy fireworks at a corner store and enjoy them amongst family and friends.  If handled carefully, and treated with respect, such displays can be safe.  It is only when we use them with disregard for the power they hold that we can run into problems.  If you do get fireworks - treat them with respect... remember that you are handling explosives that can start fires.  Better yet, leave them in the hands of professionals who can put on a glorious show for you.

Have a safe Independence Day.

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