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My old neighbor. They have stuff on the ground, in the air, fountains surrounding the group that watches. It’s a sensory overload and almost feels like you’re on psychedelics just colors and things flying all over the place. Two years ago it lasted over an hour. Last year it was over a couple days 15 mins at a time

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Saw. 

 

With the the grammar lesson out of the way, it was the Niagara Power Authority’s 25th Anniversary spectacular at the Niagara Reservoir in 1985.

 

They were done by the same people that had put on the show for the rededication of the Statue of Liberty a couple of years earlier. They were choreographed and set to music simulcast by 97 Rock. Purple fireworks exploded over Jimi Hendrix’ guitar riffs on Purple Haze. Jaundiced explosives filled the night sky as Donovan sang Mellow Yellow and silver, glimmering pyrotechnics lit up the evening landscape as the Beatles sang Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.

 

I wish I had had some way of recording it for posterity’ sake.

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6th grade. We used to attach our locks to our gym bags. My buddy was across the gymnasium and he swung it around like a lasso and let it fly toward me. The bag hit me in the head and the rope wound around my head and the lock planted itself into the back of my head. Went to ER and got four stitches in my head. Saw fireworks for five minutes. Good times. Johnny Galuski - If you’re out there, good times!!

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33 minutes ago, ChevyVanMiller said:

Saw. 

 

Or "You've."

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58 minutes ago, BringBackFergy said:

...The bag hit me in the head and the rope wound around my head and the lock planted itself into the back of my head. Went to ER and got four stitches in my head...

And another piece of the puzzle falls into place.

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51 minutes ago, ShadyBillsFan said:

damn grammar Nazi's 

Why did you put an apostrophe in Nazis?  It’s not showing possession of anything...😁

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I'm a lousy speller and   Nazi's didn't show me a "auto correct" / spelling error 

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Harborfest, Oswego

 

I haven’t been in years, but these we’re always the best by far.

 

 

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San Diego Bay 2012.  Plan was four separate barges designed to set off choreographed fireworks to music and supposed to be one of the biggest displays in the western US.  I'm on a hotel rooftop deck with a clear view about a half mile inland.  Computer glitch sends ALL the fireworks from one of the barges up at once shortly before the show was supposed to start.  Some people said that was a huge fail.  No F'n way.  I felt lucky to be there.  That was the best fireworks display anybody will ever see, because you could never get permission to do it that way on purpose.  The concussion from everything going off at once set off tons of car alarms on the streets around the hotel, a good half mile from the barge that went off.

 

Check out the video at the top of this link (taken from a vantage point much closer than I was).  Note how one woman is literally jumping up and down at how great this thing wound up being.

 

https://www.thrillist.com/entertainment/nation/an-oral-history-of-the-great-san-diego-fireworks-fail-of-2012

 

Crouch: When that thing went off like that, it scared the crap out of me. You have to imagine this barge: 135 feet long, 45 feet wide. It’s heavy. The barge probably jumped a good six inches. The tug jumped. I ducked. Everything shook. 

 

Frailey: This was like every grand finale you’ve ever heard, in the room with you. Absolute cacophony. 

 

Crouch: It reminded me of Vietnam. It was a lot of gun powder and sulfur. 

 

Roy: Somehow people were not running away. People were cheering really loudly at the end. They were looking at each other like, That was amazing! I can’t even imagine what’s happening next.

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6 minutes ago, ICanSleepWhenI'mDead said:

San Diego Bay 2012.  Plan was four separate barges designed to set off choreographed fireworks to music and supposed to be one of the biggest displays in the western US.  I'm on a hotel rooftop deck with a clear view about a half mile inland.  Computer glitch sends ALL the fireworks from one of the barges up at once shortly before the show was supposed to start.  Some people said that was a huge fail.  No F'n way.  I felt lucky to be there.  That was the best fireworks display anybody will ever see, because you could never get permission to do it that way on purpose.  The concussion from everything going off at once set off tons of car alarms on the streets around the hotel, a good half mile from the barge that went off.

 

Check out the video at the top of this link (taken from a vantage point much closer than I was).  Note how one woman is literally jumping up and down at how great this thing wound up being.

 

https://www.thrillist.com/entertainment/nation/an-oral-history-of-the-great-san-diego-fireworks-fail-of-2012

 

Crouch: When that thing went off like that, it scared the crap out of me. You have to imagine this barge: 135 feet long, 45 feet wide. It’s heavy. The barge probably jumped a good six inches. The tug jumped. I ducked. Everything shook. 

 

Frailey: This was like every grand finale you’ve ever heard, in the room with you. Absolute cacophony. 

 

Crouch: It reminded me of Vietnam. It was a lot of gun powder and sulfur. 

 

Roy: Somehow people were not running away. People were cheering really loudly at the end. They were looking at each other like, That was amazing! I can’t even imagine what’s happening next.

 

I saw a clip of this on a show.  I think it was Tosh.0.  Absolutely unreal and looked scary.  People were running away from the ones that exploded really low in the sky.

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My wife's was the one at Ron Jaworski Stadium in Lackawanna.  Early 1980s.  The whole display went up, killed the pyrotechnics guy.  The stadium first started clapping thinking it was the "finale" then went into full blown panic & stampede!

 

My wife still has nightmares almost 40 years later around the 4th of July!

 

Oh wait... You said "best" fireworks display. I guess I view her experience differently since I was NOT there.  She probably sees it as PTSD.

I think she still feels guilty that she began to clap first!  /smh... Doesn't help when I play the guilt & call her a nasty lady, very nasty lady.  She knows I am joking right.  I am such an azz...

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37 minutes ago, Zaso Art Designs said:

Fixed it, sorry.

No worries. Not trying to be militant about it, but it seems to be a common mistake and I used to be a newspaper columnist for many years and always appreciated editors that caught my errors.

 

Love the topic, btw.

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8 minutes ago, ChevyVanMiller said:

No worries. Not trying to be militant about it, but it seems to be a common mistake and I used to be a newspaper columnist for many years and always appreciated editors that caught my errors.

 

Love the topic, btw.

No problem!

 

Yeah I love fireworks!

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the ones in boston are great.  the have the boston pops playing in the background to add to the flavor.  it's just one of those scenes that if you want to get a seat, you have to get there waaaaaay in advance.  i think people would even start looking for spots days before.  not sure if it's still the same way.

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1 hour ago, ICanSleepWhenI'mDead said:

San Diego Bay 2012.  Plan was four separate barges designed to set off choreographed fireworks to music and supposed to be one of the biggest displays in the western US.  I'm on a hotel rooftop deck with a clear view about a half mile inland.  Computer glitch sends ALL the fireworks from one of the barges up at once shortly before the show was supposed to start.  Some people said that was a huge fail.  No F'n way.  I felt lucky to be there.  That was the best fireworks display anybody will ever see, because you could never get permission to do it that way on purpose.  The concussion from everything going off at once set off tons of car alarms on the streets around the hotel, a good half mile from the barge that went off.

 

Check out the video at the top of this link (taken from a vantage point much closer than I was).  Note how one woman is literally jumping up and down at how great this thing wound up being.

 

https://www.thrillist.com/entertainment/nation/an-oral-history-of-the-great-san-diego-fireworks-fail-of-2012

 

Crouch: When that thing went off like that, it scared the crap out of me. You have to imagine this barge: 135 feet long, 45 feet wide. It’s heavy. The barge probably jumped a good six inches. The tug jumped. I ducked. Everything shook. 

 

Frailey: This was like every grand finale you’ve ever heard, in the room with you. Absolute cacophony. 

 

Crouch: It reminded me of Vietnam. It was a lot of gun powder and sulfur. 

 

Roy: Somehow people were not running away. People were cheering really loudly at the end. They were looking at each other like, That was amazing! I can’t even imagine what’s happening next.

 

Good GOD that was incredible. You can see that woman pulling her husband by the arm forcefully off to the left trying to get out of there. The initial 10 seconds must have been amazing.

 

My story goes back to West Seneca, circa 1988........was mindlessly waving a sparkler around on the back patio with family over, and happened to wander directly over the brown bag loaded with fireworks.

Yep, the entire thing went off all at once. I've never ran so fast. It blew a small hole in the concrete. No one was hurt miraculously. 

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2 hours ago, ICanSleepWhenI'mDead said:

San Diego Bay 2012.  Plan was four separate barges designed to set off choreographed fireworks to music and supposed to be one of the biggest displays in the western US.  I'm on a hotel rooftop deck with a clear view about a half mile inland.  Computer glitch sends ALL the fireworks from one of the barges up at once shortly before the show was supposed to start.  Some people said that was a huge fail.  No F'n way.  I felt lucky to be there.  That was the best fireworks display anybody will ever see, because you could never get permission to do it that way on purpose.  The concussion from everything going off at once set off tons of car alarms on the streets around the hotel, a good half mile from the barge that went off.

 

Check out the video at the top of this link (taken from a vantage point much closer than I was).  Note how one woman is literally jumping up and down at how great this thing wound up being.

 

https://www.thrillist.com/entertainment/nation/an-oral-history-of-the-great-san-diego-fireworks-fail-of-2012

 

 

Roy: Somehow people were not running away. People were cheering really loudly at the end. They were looking at each other like, That was amazing! I can’t even imagine what’s happening next.

 

I noticed the young girls jumping about in glee 

 

I also noticed a chunkier woman leading he man to safety 

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I was in Shanghai working for a US corp during y2k changeover to monitor response to millennial change to determine any US quick response changes prior to rollover. The most amazing fireworks display I have ever witnessed & no crowd as I could watch from the office as it overlooked the Huangpu River where the fireworks barges were located. 

It ended up a non-event and a nice short vacation in China.

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The year I moved to my present house, had a pool put in and my neighbor two doors down fireworks extravaganza that summer all seemed to end up landing in it.

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10 minutes ago, I am the egg man said:

The year I moved to my present house, had a pool put in and my neighbor two doors down fireworks extravaganza that summer all seemed to end up landing in it.

Yeah... When you think about it, consumer fireworks are pretty obnoxious.  What ever happened to:

 

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Our local fireworks show, which I enjoy, lasts 10 minutes on the dot.

 

There is always a show put on by the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra that I love.  The last couple years, they've been playing into the fireworks show, which I think is great.  There are also a bunch of food trucks around.  I love the evening, but wish the actual fireworks would go longer.

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27 minutes ago, Gugny said:

Our local fireworks show, which I enjoy, lasts 10 minutes on the dot.

 

There is always a show put on by the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra that I love.  The last couple years, they've been playing into the fireworks show, which I think is great.  There are also a bunch of food trucks around.  I love the evening, but wish the actual fireworks would go longer.

10 minutes!  What the heck, the local car dealer Dude in Crown Point, Indiana puts on a 1/2 hour+  show with finale.

 

Wow... What a bunch of cheapskates.  @mead107 makes longer "glorious explosions" in a GBiD "Would Ya" thread!

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