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What is your favorite type of firework?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on July 4, 2006

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Photo of Faye McGlothlin

“Roman candles, because you can safely hold them in your hand. They’re pretty colors, and they’re cheap.”

Photo of Don Cook

“Aerial bombs. They’ve got the biggest legal boom.”

Photo of Lisa Aul

“Sparklers. I like to draw with them in the air. I’m not a big fan of loud fireworks.”

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“Definitely Roman candles. We used to hold them by the bottom and shoot each other when we were kids - under adult supervision of course.”

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enochville 11 years, 7 months ago

Professional fireworks. They are always the most impressive.

Linda Aikins 11 years, 7 months ago

I don't like fireworks at all. I would do snakes, though.

southerngirl 11 years, 7 months ago

Poppers, fun to throw at each other, no one gets hurt...I am also a fan of the professional fireworks...

reginafliangie 11 years, 7 months ago

ok Nate, something wrong with your statement. Holding Roman Candles and shooting them at each other, "under adult supervision, of course". So if the parent watches this then nobody gets hurt? I certainly don't understand that logic. If I was the parent, NOBODY would be shooting fireworks at each other. Human candles are real pretty and they smell.

BrianR 11 years, 7 months ago

Last night's thunderstorm definitely gets my vote.

Linda Endicott 11 years, 7 months ago

Faye seems to have the same problem, thinking you can safely hold Roman candles in your hand. Evidently Nate thinks they can be held safely, too.

Fireworks are EXPLOSIVES, people. NEVER hold Rman candles in your hand! People get severe burns and lose fingers every year because of this kind of stupidity.

And pointing lit fireworks at other people is just plain idiotic.

Linda Endicott 11 years, 7 months ago

Oh, gee, I just noticed that Faye girl is a CAREGIVER. I hope she's not planning on handing out lit Roman candles to all of her residents, at whatever facility she works at.

Abuse charges, anyone?

Linda Endicott 11 years, 7 months ago

Oh, and my favorite fireworks are the big ones, the kind that the professionals fire off every year in displays. Much safer, and much cheaper.

The price of fireworks anymore is outrageous.

Sigmund 11 years, 7 months ago

Faye can hold my roman candle all she wants.

Ken Miller 11 years, 7 months ago

I'll stick to eating ribs and burgers on the 4th - if the fireworks disappeared, no loss. Why? Because I once had to climb on my roof with a garden hose to put out a small fire caused by some kid's bottle rockets.

Aileen Dingus 11 years, 7 months ago

I'm good with the professional ones- big and sparkly, with lots of people ooh-ing and ahh-ing. I've never lived anywhere that any "do-it-yourself" fireworks were legal, so I don't know a roman candle from any other kind of firework.

Larry McGlinn 11 years, 7 months ago

Regarding the young man that shot roman candles at each other with adult supervision, of course. The adults must have been brain dead!

Fangorn 11 years, 7 months ago

Joe Dirt: So your gonna' tell me that you don't have no black cats, no roman candles, or screaming mimis?

Kicking Wing: No.

JD: Oh come on man. You got no lady fingers, fuzz buttles, snicker bombs, church burners, finger blasters, gut busters, zippity do das, or crap flappers?

KW: No, I don't.

JD: You're gonna stand there, owning a fireworks stand, and tell me you don't have no whistling bungholes, no spleen spliters, whisker biscuits, honkey lighters, hoosker doos, hoosker donts, cherry bombs, nipsy daisers, with or without the scooter stick, or one single whistling kitty chaser?

KW: No... because snakes and sparklers are the only ones I like.

JD: Well, that might be your problem; it's not what you like: it's the consumer. Except in Lawrence, Kansas, where it's the City Kommissioners.

[I made that last part up. Happy Birthday, America! Everyone, eat, drink, and be (A)meri(can).]

ms_canada 11 years, 7 months ago

We, personally, have never done fireworks, but we have a 10 day Exhibition in our city every July and nightly at 11pm they do a really spectacular display and I get a very good view of it from my house high on the river bank over looking the fair grounds. Love to watch it. I especially like the great big round red bursts. They do many wonderful different kinds. Not too many people here do their own fireworks.

justsomewench 11 years, 7 months ago

if it's not a professional show, it's someone's wasted of money. i'd be surprised if any of the fanatics' children even know what fireworks are supposed to be (poorly) simulating. can you imagine folks grabbing a blanket and a picnic lunch to 'ooh' and 'aah' roadside in iraq?

ms_canada 11 years, 7 months ago

Oh yes, forgot to wish you all a great big HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!~!! Have fun, you all.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 7 months ago

OK, since I am obviously getting the mess in my yard AGAIN this year, anyone that can figure out where I live is invited to come out and help create the mess. But you MUST be off of the property by 2 am!

giggle Gootsie said she would do snakes! snort Don't know, Gootsie, but I would expect to see some fireworks!!!;)

YourItalianPrincess 11 years, 7 months ago

I love the big shells. I bought 4 boxes last night and got a great prince for them too.

I did poppers with my daycare kids yesterday. They were thrilled for about 5 minutes after the fact. They played with the paper that came out for that long too.

classclown 11 years, 7 months ago

"Definitely Roman candles. We used to hold them by the bottom and shoot each other when we were kids - under adult supervision of course."

  • Nate Welch, teacher, San Francisco


Anytime adults allow children to point and shoot any kind of fireworks at each other, that is NOT supervision. I'd say that any adults allowing/supervising this activity are most likely idiots that engage in that sort of behavior themselves. No wonder communities want to ban them.

Fireworks need to be handled responsibly and as such can still be enjoyed even without people being idiots. Play responsibly or don't play at all. That includes cleaning up after yourself as well.

Idiots need not apply.

adavid 11 years, 7 months ago

man anyone who is against holding roman candles in their hands is a pussy

Linda Aikins 11 years, 7 months ago

Fangorn gets the nod. Good one!

Oops S_S. I did say that didn't I? Could be a loooooooooooong day for me since I do NOT like snakes. Maybe it was a metaphor??? Then there're punks. We won't go into those.

Have safe holidays, y'all! Thanks for the wishes, Ms.C.

greyhawk 11 years, 7 months ago

seriously lay off of the people who hold roman candles!!! some people like to live with a little bit of excitement and that should be fine by you, why do you care if its other people???? its not like they are running around shooting roman candles at you downtown or going door to door!

reginafliangie 11 years, 7 months ago

That wasn't the point I was making greyhawk. I just found it funny that he tacts on "under adult supervision", like that makes it ok. Kids do stupid stuff, but if adults are allowing it them, that is just plan dumb. "Hey, Bobby, go shoot your brother in the face with this firework, that will be cool!"

$500 dollars later leaving the ER, wasn't that a fun 4th?

Come on use common sense, this is exactly the reason they keep banning stuff, because people do stupid things with them.

What if this fun little game missed the intended target and hit my house, one of my family members, my car, how much fun is it going to be then??

I'm just saying be responsible with fireworks.

adavid 11 years, 7 months ago

regina-- isn't it a little be safer to had adults around if in event a roman candle, for some unimaginable reason, explodes and takes a couple fingers off than to be doing it alone with no one to take immidiate action to get you to a hospital?

sunflower_sue 11 years, 7 months ago

Am I the only one that thinks Nate's comment was just darn funny? Obviously, that was meant to be funny! All you uptight people got the fireworks ban that you asked for.

RI, go near my pond and I'll point a roman candle at you!

classclown 11 years, 7 months ago


It is safe for the adults to NOT let children shoot anything at each other. Or put stuff in each other's pockets, etc.

Nothing wrong with holding Roman Candles, just don't point them at anybody else. Or in the case of the adult, DO NOT ALLOW IT BY CHILDREN.

Then perhaps there would be no need for a trip to the hospital. Don't say their resposible because they take their kids to the hospital after, but say they are when they ensure that the hospital trip isn't necessary (or a more likely possibility) in the first place.

Your logic is akin to saying it's okay for your kids to play on the freeway because you are there to be responsible and take them to the hospital when they get run over.

classclown 11 years, 7 months ago

I'm against the ban Sue. However, I have a place to go.

justsomewench 11 years, 7 months ago

i never asked for the ban, but i don't miss the trash, the loud noises at all hours, or the concern for the unsupervised children lighting things off near cars or otherwise in the street.

olmsted78 11 years, 7 months ago

i think we are all gonna like the ones at allen fieldhouse this winter. happy 4th yall.

Linda Endicott 11 years, 7 months ago

Go to and find out about fireworks safety. This group is FOR fireworks and AGAINST bans, and they say it's stupid to hold Roman candles in your hand.

Interesting read.

Fangorn 11 years, 7 months ago

justsomewench: First, whether or not an expenditure is a waste of money is not for you to decide. You may pesonally not like it, but then you don't get a vote in what other people do with their time and money - at least until the next City Kommision meeting; I'm sure they'll correct the oversight soon. Second, nice use of name-calling. It certainly is simpler to marginalize those who disagree with you than to acknowledge that they have a right to a differing opinion. Also, if recent surveys are correct, this "fanatic's" eight-year-old daughter knows more about American history than the average high school graduate. btw, do YOU know where the words "the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air" were written and during what conflict? Can you answer without googling the information?

beatrice 11 years, 7 months ago

I somewhat admire professional fireworks, but I didn't grow up playing the home version and am very happy to now be away from those who do. Sadly, as it is with many things, there are way too many people in Lawrence who don't care about others enough to show a little respect for their neighbors. When I lived there, I hated not being able to get to sleep until midnight or later for three days straight, only to be jolted awake again by another explosion at 2 or 3 am. When I would find all the spent detritus of exploded papers and sticks from bottle rockets and such in my yard and on my roof - one of the hazards of living near a park, I found out - despite not using any of this myself it totally made me worry about the potential safety of my property.

Now in Phoenix, I haven't heard a single pop from illegal fireworks this year. I like it like that.

I hope you all have a safe and fun time however you choose to celebrate. I don't want anyone switching to my side of this issue because he or she lost a thumb or because a house catches on fire. Enjoy!

sigmund: you're a pig. : )

Fangorn 11 years, 7 months ago

Sorry, Gootsie, I'm just not at your level yet, but:



sunflower_sue 11 years, 7 months ago

I'll invite the neighborhood doctor. She can supervise. I'll even have her bring her black bag of goodies to sew parts back on if need be.

Seriously, everyone, have a safe happy 4th!

Fangorn, I'm asking the family instead of Jeeves and getting all kinds of answers for your question. I thought F.S.K. was in a foxhole but others think he was looking out a window and one said in a boat. Battle...Gettysberg? Now I get to go see how ignorant we all are! Thanks!

sunflower_sue 11 years, 7 months ago

OUCH! My Mom wins for the "where." Nobody came close on the battle.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 7 months ago

Funny, most people here know who wrote "America the Beautiful" and where they were at the time. Why is that, I wonder? Strange. Do you know, Fangorn? (Without looking it up...fair is fair.)

redneck 11 years, 7 months ago

I like the professional fireworks the most. I hate to think about how many bottle rockets I bought as a teenager and yes I did lots of stupid things with them as well. I'm just not going to say what those stupid things were, so I don't give some kid a bad idea. I guess they are illegal now. Just think about what could go wrong before you take a risk with fireworks. Ok, here is a test. I stopped at a Perry convience store/gas station and they are also selling fireworks at the same location. Does anybody see anthing wrong with this picture? I'll bet they have one heck of a grand finalie when that baby goes up in smoke. Like Forest Gump always said: "Stupid is as stupid does". Please be careful with fireworks.

beatrice 11 years, 7 months ago

fangorn: it was written by Neil Armstrong, looking out the window of Apollo 11 after the initial retreat from the Moon when they were attacked by the little green men. It was obviously the beginning of the "Solar System Wars" between mankind (mainly the Americans along with the Russians once the French surrendered) and the Martians. This war lasted 1812 days, with the peace treaty signed on Mars at a spot now called Fort McHenry -- the site of Henry Fort's first intergallactic McDonald's franchise. "Surprise," some of us know our history!

justsomewench 11 years, 7 months ago

oh, fanghorn, again with the pissiness. and what's with everyone thinking i'm some mindless drone of the current city commission? full of assumptions, you are.

to satisfy your pettiness, the star spangled banner was written during the battle of 1812. no googling necessary.

i find it amusing folks could be so disturbed by an opposing stance. for the record, i'm not the neighbor who calls the cops when you disobey the ordinance. if you're so offended by my post, suggest it's removal and be done with it.

Fangorn 11 years, 7 months ago

Beatrice: LOL! I don't recall that version in the press at the time. I'll have to do a little research. :)

justsomewench: I would assert that your 3:22 post is the very definition of "pissiness". I think you will find ample witness on this board that I can disagree in an agreeable manner. And I can do so without attributing the opposing opinion to "fanaticism", as you did in your first post. As for the City Kommission, that remark was not necessarily directed at you. I apologize if you took it that way. It was meant merely as a commentary on our city leaders' proclivity for making decisions for everyone else: smoking ban, fireworks ban, proposed cell phone ban (while driving), proposed regulation of how many of what type of business may locate in the city, etc. I have not read enough of your posts to determine whether or not you'd be likely to support their efforts.

And regarding "The Star-Spangled Banner", you were close. It was actually The War of 1812. I am encouraged that someone knows at least that much. Beatrice seems to be in possession of a number of details that appear to have been scrambled a bit. Perhaps she got hit by on of those roman candles? ;)

s_s: You've got me there. I have no idea. I have some vague recollection that "America the Beautiful" was written by a woman, but the when/where/what eludes me.

Linda Aikins 11 years, 7 months ago

Fangorn, you did just fine! Some really cute ones there! I'm very proud of you. I may cry, I'm so proud.

I didn't do the snakes. Didn't want to make an ash (asp?) of myself yet again.

justsomewench 11 years, 7 months ago

fanghorn, i'll confess i would've struggled more with the trivia had it not recently been in my 5th grader's study materials. i'll even admit to pissy moments - a decent number of them since recently quitting smoking. i'll keep a check on myself, thanks for the head's up. have a good, chigger-free evening, folks.

good_kitty 11 years, 7 months ago

Thankfully, this firecracker crap will be over soon!!!!!

Grundoon Luna 11 years, 7 months ago

For a town with a fireworks ban you certainly couldn't tell it, and for all day long too. It may not be like it used to be, but my nieborhood still ROCKS!! Libertad!!!!

ms_canada 11 years, 7 months ago

Marion - perhaps you think that there may not be enough going on in Alberta, Canada that I have to intrude on Lawrence, KS. How dare you say those things about our one more bob. This is the age of internet and we are as close together as our fingertips. So it you must be nasty, why don't you take yourself elsewhere. You are not really appreciated here.

GreenEyedBlues 11 years, 7 months ago

Ooh child! Someone fired up MS Canada! Nice goin', Marion. :D

The best kinds of fireworks are the snakey ones because they're so mysterious!

l_eustacy 11 years, 7 months ago

MS Canada is exactly right. Marion is calling OMB an idiot should be banned. No one here has any appreciation for his insults, constant links to river city talk website, and cutting and pasting large volumes of useless info.

Linda Aikins 11 years, 7 months ago

I say this every day:


I'm with Ms.C and GEB. Bob is all man.

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