4th of July Fireworks

July 4, 2004 stories

By the time I came up with 4th of July Fireworks, I had done a couple of audio diaries and thought I’d give this a shot. It was really fun, because a) It’s the 4th of July and b) it involved Fireworks. Growing up, there were so many mishaps. In high school, on Halloween people would get out their PVC “bottle rocket guns” and have street fights. The PVC tubes were fashioned into a gun shape. You put the bottle rocket into the tube, light it, and shoot it at someone.

Smart? Uh, no. Electric? Yes. Mainly the kids in the town I grew up in would drive around shooting at each other. Halloween of my freshman year, there were four in the cab and probably 8-10 of us in the bed of a pickup, and several other similar groups we were fighting. I guess it was kind of a 1980s version of a modern first-person shooter game, or paintball or airsoft. It was pretty cool. We took no safety precautions but no one lost an eye, which is probably a miracle, really. At one point, we were talking to an older girl who was going to buy some beer on our group’s behalf and one of the bottle rockets shot into her car – through her rolled-down window – and went off in the back seat.

We didn’t get our beer.

Anyway, I tried to pull that “devil may care” vibe so prevalent in my high school buddies into the story with the main character basically being a maniac who isn’t just trying to keep up with the Joneses, but trying to outdo the US Government.

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