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Old 05-27-2017, 07:23 PM   #1
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Fireworks

Any pyros in here? Where do you guys get your stuff? I have been shopping for July 4th and seems i might go local this year as there is a wholesaler less than 15 miles away from me.
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Old 05-28-2017, 12:13 AM   #2
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Real fireworks are illegal in CO, so we have to cross state lines to buy them. Luckily, I'm a half hour from the Wyoming border, immediately on the other side of which is a cluster of two or three big-name firework outlets. I just go with Black Cat, because that's where we always went growing up in South Dakota.
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Old 05-28-2017, 11:47 AM   #3
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Real fireworks are illegal in CO, so we have to cross state lines to buy them. Luckily, I'm a half hour from the Wyoming border, immediately on the other side of which is a cluster of two or three big-name firework outlets. I just go with Black Cat, because that's where we always went growing up in South Dakota.
I know what you mean, they are illegal in Houston too but I live just outside the city and we have no restrictions here. Should've seen New Years, there was so many fireworks being burnt that the cars were full of dirt and pieces of cardboard the next morning. So far I have ordered a full case and 13 other cakes, I still have about 10 ft of fuse from New Years.
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Old 05-28-2017, 01:28 PM   #4
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They're illegal in NJ too, but we can get them easily enough in PA. Just a short drive from me. I've never bought my own, but my friends always have some. We usually don't go crazy, though. Our area is pretty densely populated, and there are always displays going on pretty much all summer.
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Old 05-28-2017, 01:45 PM   #5
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Its become a thing for me and my younger brother, i usually get the 4th july week off and he stays with me. This year i did not get days off though so they will make the drive and probably just stay the night.
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Old 05-28-2017, 01:50 PM   #6
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Fireworks are apparently completely "illegal" here in Kansas City, but I don't think it's ever enforced. Black cat for the win! Everything else we've tried sucks in comparison.
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Old 05-28-2017, 09:47 PM   #7
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Fireworks are apparently completely "illegal" here in Kansas City, but I don't think it's ever enforced. Black cat for the win! Everything else we've tried sucks in comparison.
Black Cat has good firecrackers but for aerials World class and Dominator are hard to beat although Mad Ox seems to have some great stuff too. Winda, Boomer, Brothers etc offer great price but perform less. This 4th im planning on making my own red, white and blue smoke bombs.
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Old 07-03-2017, 05:15 PM   #8
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Ok, so after placing a big order to the wholesaler he did not manage to deliver on about half of the goods, all i managed to get for myself was; 48 200g cakes, 4 350g cakes, 2 500g cakes, 4 packs of roman candles and 2 saturn missiles. I can take pictures later to try and upload them as well as once i start fusing everything together for tomorrow. There were 3 of us getting together to shoot a bigger display but as we all know folks are all go until the last minute.
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Ah, roman candles. Growing up, my entire family would always go to my grandparents' house in country to set ours off. Roman candle fights were a staple, haha.
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Old 07-03-2017, 06:26 PM   #10
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Ah, roman candles. Growing up, my entire family would always go to my grandparents' house in country to set ours off. Roman candle fights were a staple, haha.
then you would love the 120 shot Patriot torch i bought!
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Old 07-03-2017, 06:52 PM   #11
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"Safe and sane" are all we are allowed here in Idaho.
Aerial fireworks are illegal with a giant loophole (people sign a waiver that says they will take it out of state to use them, but literally no one does). This year our AG passed a law that closes that loophole, but law enforcement will probably look the other way even though EVERYTHING is f*cking dry here and will catch fire like it does every year...

Enough of my rant.
We actually have a place local that sells year round. Rocky Mountain Fur & Fireworks. Feel like blowing sh*t up for your birthday? Head over and grab some stuff. Want to celebrate every Wednesday for the hell of it? Head over there! It's kinda cool actually.

Also got into making my own the last few years. Still have a lot of potassium perchlorate, aluminum, sulfur, charcoal, and other raw materials... KClO4 and aluminum make the best M80s!

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Its illegal in MA but people still cross the border into NH to go buy stuff. I'm about a 30 min ride from the closest fireworks shop. It aint Live Free or Die for nothing haha
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Old 07-03-2017, 07:18 PM   #13
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"Safe and sane" are all we are allowed here in Idaho.
Aerial fireworks are illegal with a giant loophole (people sign a waiver that says they will take it out of state to use them, but literally no one does). This year our AG passed a law that closes that loophole, but law enforcement will probably look the other way even though EVERYTHING is f*cking dry here and will catch fire like it does every year...

Enough of my rant.
We actually have a place local that sells year round. Rocky Mountain Fur & Fireworks. Feel like blowing sh*t up for your birthday? Head over and grab some stuff. Want to celebrate every Wednesday for the hell of it? Head over there! It's kinda cool actually.

Also got into making my own the last few years. Still have a lot of potassium perchlorate, aluminum, sulfur, charcoal, and other raw materials... KClO4 and aluminum make the best M80s!
Funny you mention this as i have newspapers that i soaked in a solution of 4 ounce sugar, 6 ounce Potassium Nitrate and a couple table spoons of baking soda. You then roll them up as tightly as you can and wrap them in aluminum foil to create bitchin smoke bombs.. There is some crazy bastard around here that pops shells every single night, i need to go work wherever he does so i can afford to shoot everyday of the year.
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Old 07-03-2017, 07:25 PM   #14
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Its illegal in MA but people still cross the border into NH to go buy stuff. I'm about a 30 min ride from the closest fireworks shop. It aint Live Free or Die for nothing haha
There are no less than 5 firework warehouses within a 15 mile radius of my house, throw in the stands and there are about 30 places that carry stuff around here. Funny story, last year i purchased the super cheap chinese stuff, i mean the stuff that is so questionable that is not even labeled up or down; i loaded that thing upside down and as i backed up about 4 feet and heard the hiss of the first charge go off i turned and ran right before the shell turned the mortar tube into confetti. Needless to say the evening got a whole lot more interesting that night.
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^ Interesting indeed.

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Funny you mention this as i have newspapers that i soaked in a solution of 4 ounce sugar, 6 ounce Potassium Nitrate and a couple table spoons of baking soda. You then roll them up as tightly as you can and wrap them in aluminum foil to create bitchin smoke bombs.. There is some crazy bastard around here that pops shells every single night, i need to go work wherever he does so i can afford to shoot everyday of the year.
No kidding! I have no idea what shell prices are these days either. If anyone has bought some recently, let us know. Raw materials to make a sizable 2" shell are pretty spendy.
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No kidding! I have no idea what shell prices are these days either. If anyone has bought some recently, let us know. Raw materials to make a sizable 2" shell are pretty spendy.
The cheapest mini shells here run $5 per 6 pack and the chinese artillery shells run $8.99-$11 depending on whether you can get them on sale or not UNLESS you buy in wholesale, in which case you get them for about $5.46 per box of 6. Now if you want the good stuff which is Excalibur or any of the re-wraps they sell as; you get those for no less than $25 per 6, with the pack of 24 running for $80. This dude is burning premiums though which has me wondering just what the hell does he do for a living? Perhaps firework stand owner
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Old 07-04-2017, 04:39 PM   #17
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Ok so here is what i am running as a finale
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Old 07-04-2017, 04:43 PM   #18
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I was gonna take a pic of the whole setup but i dont have enough space to even mock everything in here, the whole thing i estimate will be just under 16 feet with a total duration of just about 5 minutes just to make it more action packed.
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Ok guys so I failed to snap a shot of the setup while fused but I do have the finished display, video does not due it justice and my brother can't seem to get his phone to adjust but here it is.
https://youtu.be/66hgg6H-RJw
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Dude, that was the most impressive home brew fireworks display I've ever seen. When I was little we just shot Roman candles at each other with trash can lid shields.
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