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And speaking of professionals, I saw the fireworks in Wamego Thursday night, and it put all of the displays mentioned in this article to shame. It was awesome, better than any fireworks I've ever seen west of St. Louis. I also saw the show at Royals stadium after Friday's game, and it was about 5% of the one in Wamego. If a town of 4,435 can put on a show of that size and quality, I suggest the Lawrence Jaycees pay a visit to the team in Wamego that puts their show together and start planning how to improve Lawrence's meager effort for next year. The list of sponsors for the Wamego show took the announcer about 5 minutes to read - obviously they got the entire community involved in putting on a major event, rather than having one small organization do the whole thing.
My assessment on fireworks and some other summertime faves like motorcycle riding have been largely influenced by working in the Emergency Room...if you're old enuf (or sober enuf) to decide you don't care if you blow your fingers off, injure or kill yourself with yr freak flag flyin on yr chopper, then have at it; unfortunately much of the time these activities involve/endanger others without their permission, particularly in the case of neighbors. children, ANIMALS( who are terrified of fireworks), and other drivers or homeowners. I for one have been thrilled I can lounge on my deck on the Fourth and not be distracted by constant explosions and fear my house was going to be set alight...and can choose to leave the awe-inspiring fireworks displays to the professionals.
My father fought in Patton's army and he thought fireworks were for sissies.
There is nothing left to celebrate on Independence Day when it is illegal to light the fuse yourself.
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