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I was pretty young when they stopped it, but I remember it being a hell of a lot of fun - blowing up letterboxes (ok, I never did that...), or chucking throwdowns at peoples feet.

I remember the huge bonfire we had across the road (we lived opposite a park).

I only just found out today that Darwin still celebrates it - might have to head up there for a holiday about this time of year.

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I used to love these:



I also remember my neighbour across the street accidentally burning down a tree by tossing a fountain firework underneath it.

Good times.
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Yep! Ah, the fun of accidentally firing a cracker into the cracker storage thingo.
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Ozludo wrote:
Sure - but I'm 46


Young whippersnapper...
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I found that those little firecrackers (Tom Thumbs we called them) hurt if you held them in your hand while they went off.

Lucky I didnt do it with one of the larger ones I guess.

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Ah yes the joys of youth. Tom Thumbs and Penny Bungers were my favourites.

I once managed to time a Penny Bunger going off when it was half way down a drain. Wow that was loud! They were also quite impressive in ye olde metal rubbish bins when you put on the lid devil

And the kids of today wonder why it was banned whistle

If I remember correctly the fireworks had been banned by the time I moved to Parkville, but the first year I was there there was a street party on Guy Fawkes night with a big fire and an old 78 record player with 78 comedy and music playing.
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bortmonkey wrote:
I found that those little firecrackers (Tom Thumbs we called them) hurt if you held them in your hand while they went off.

Lucky I didnt do it with one of the larger ones I guess.



My parents were married on 5 November so they could combo their anniversary parties with Guy Fawkes. Upwards of 5-dozen people used to show up with bags and bags of rockets. When I was about 9 dad told me that his secret objective was to see how many rockets he could drop into the neighbor's inground pool...

Whereas the kids used to buy packets of baby rockets (10 for $1) and shoot them at each other (bazooka style) through bits of plastic conduit. They gave a good whack when someone scored a headshot.
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We have Guy Fawkes ( bonfire night) in UK.
Anyone over the age of 18 can purchase fireworks, even large display stuff.

It's good fun, we usually buy a couple of boxes and have sparklers for the kids on November 5th, then watch an organised display at the local village field.

Do other countries still have similar? ( not talking New Year's Eve festivities) .

What did cracker night in Australia celebrate?.
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biffta wrote:
What did cracker night in Australia celebrate?.


Blowing up shit I think
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bortmonkey wrote:
biffta wrote:
What did cracker night in Australia celebrate?.


Blowing up shit I think
Mainly that, but also it was Guy Fawkes night.
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Reykjavík, NYE, FTW.

All of these fireworks are triggered by amateurs who buy whatever pyrotechnics they like, seemingly by the pallet.

A mate witnessed Icelandic NYE about ten years ago and says it sounded like a warzone.

They must give dogs general anaesthetic...
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biffta wrote:

Do other countries still have similar? ( not talking New Year's Eve festivities)


Now don't blow your stack:

In the U.S., restrictions on fireworks are different state by state and if you live in the middle of a restrictive state (e.g., Des Moines,Iowa) it was a rite of passage to go to Missouri or South Dakota to get the good stuff...just so you could blow shit up.
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Oh, I thought you meant this Cracker:



Carry on.
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The Repository of Proposed Australian-to-American Firecracker Nomenclature Translation
Throwdowns: Bang Snaps
Crazy Jacks: Flowers
Tom Thumbs: small Black Cats
Penny Bungers: Black Cats
Baby Rockets: small Bottle Rockets
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JoshBot wrote:

Tom Thumbs: small Black Cats
Penny Bungers: Black Cats

But they were red or red and green in the case of Tom Thumbs

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