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Best Place to Buy Firecrackers?

By 3 June 2008 39

Hi,

I am looking to get a decent bag of crackers to let off over the long weekend.

Can anyone recommend who has the best value around town? From what I have seen, most of the bag prices offer similar quantities.

Thanks

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39 Responses to Best Place to Buy Firecrackers?
#1
Skidbladnir3:43 pm, 03 Jun 08

Minor problems:

Premises are limited to only three days of advertising this year, so giving free plugs on this site early would probably break the law.

Fireworks suppliers are restricted to pre-determined quantities in each bag, the price of which is prettymuch determined by the supplier.

Last year I think the adult stores were offering discounted fireworks with every porn sale, and also packaging some varieties of fireworks only with specific items of merchandise.
(IE: bags of bees a bargain at only $5 when you buy Horny Himalayan Hos III, free dildoes with every fireworks purchase over $250)

#2
Ingeegoodbee3:47 pm, 03 Jun 08

Last year I bought a large bag of fireworks from the Onya Bike store in Tuggers. I think it was $75 or $100 and seems to have a pretty good range of stuff in it.

#3
Woody Mann-Caruso3:50 pm, 03 Jun 08

I want to know where all the good stuff is. Surely somebody, somewhere does under-the-counter old-school M-80s? I can’t take another year of fountains, fountains and fountains.

Then again, I seem to recall there were some really good ones in the bags last year – we were quite surprised at the bangs and display. I think I put the empty shells away so I’d remember what they were next time. Have to check the garage.

#4
Skidbladnir4:06 pm, 03 Jun 08

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

I want to know where all the good stuff is. Surely somebody, somewhere does under-the-counter old-school M-80s? I can’t take another year of fountains, fountains and fountains.

Yes, yes they do.

But I’m not telling where, as its against the law and I will not nark them in, especially not in a public forum.

But as with any subset of illegal behaviour, its a matter of not just knowing who to ask but how to ask also.

#5
shanefos4:17 pm, 03 Jun 08

Woo hoo… Can’t wait for another extended period of mindless twats blowing sh!t up.

#6
Overheard4:57 pm, 03 Jun 08

I was resisting doing the ‘bah humbug’ thing, but the alternative to buying the fireworks is to a) set fire to $100 in notes of mixed denominations, b) make a lot of loud popping, crackling and fizzing noises with your mouth, then c) go around your neighbourhood and terrorise random, unsuspecting animals.

(I used to love fireworks when I was younger, but I went right off them ten years ago when thanks to the moronic single-celled organisms that lived in my (then) neck of Kambah blew everything within sight up or out of the ground at all hours of the night, and my beloved kelpie got super-spooked and ended up under the wheels of a car, resulting in lots of needless pain and suffering, $$$$$s of medical bills, and finally the lethal shot to put her out of her misery. F#$%^&* C*&^-Sm*&ers…)

As for the Fyshwich stores’ cross-promotion mentioned above, I have it on good authority there was a printing error on the title on the order forms for that particular film, and apparently “Horny Himalayan Hoes III” was ultimately only of benefit to Nepalese rose farmers with perverted gardening implement fetishes.

#7
Ari5:03 pm, 03 Jun 08

Overheard said :

“Horny Himalayan Hoes III”

… featuring the largest peaks in the world!

#8
kenneth5:34 pm, 03 Jun 08

Skidbladnir said :

Minor problems:

Premises are limited to only three days of advertising this year, so giving free plugs on this site early would probably break the law.

They are already advertising in the Canberra Times.

#9
stonedwookie5:43 pm, 03 Jun 08

awwwww i missed out on my free porn lasthere ripped off lol

#10
Vic Bitterman5:54 pm, 03 Jun 08

There’s a dedicated shop being setup in the Homeworld Centre in Tuggeranong, next to the Camping store. Dunno what their prices will be though….

#11
seekay6:44 pm, 03 Jun 08

“Premises are limited to only three days of advertising this year, so giving free plugs on this site early would probably break the law.”

Jesus H F**king Christ! When did this site become so priggish? I’d love to see Consumer Affairs or the OH&S zealots or whoever try to prove in court that a posting recommending a fireworks outlet on this site was actually an advertisement.

The fact that ordinary punters can still buy fireworks in the ACT is one of the few things going for this place.

Where can you get the biggest, best, brightest and noisiest? We want our backyard to look like Hiroshima when we’re finished on Saturday night!

#12
Woody Mann-Caruso7:24 pm, 03 Jun 08

I will not nark them in especially not in a public forum

Could you nark them in to me privately? ;)

#13
Pandy8:07 pm, 03 Jun 08

I hope there are LOTS of big bangers this year.

The Government said that this is it: if you stoopid cretin children can not behave responsibly this time around, they will be banned.

Bring it on.

#14
bd848:40 pm, 03 Jun 08

Skidbladnir said :

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

I want to know where all the good stuff is. Surely somebody, somewhere does under-the-counter old-school M-80s? I can’t take another year of fountains, fountains and fountains.

Yes, yes they do.

But I’m not telling where, as its against the law and I will not nark them in, especially not in a public forum.

But as with any subset of illegal behaviour, its a matter of not just knowing who to ask but how to ask also.

Always are, probably why fireworks have been going off around my neighbourhood for the past 4 days or so. Didn’t the CT catch one of the retailers at it a few years ago and then the authorities did nothing about it?

seekay said :

Where can you get the biggest, best, brightest and noisiest? We want our backyard to look like Hiroshima when we’re finished on Saturday night!

I could come to your place with a jerrycan of petrol and some matches and yell *BANG* if you want?

I used to love watching the fireworks as a kid.. mostly of other people because my parents didn’t like burning their cash in large quantities. These days they sell them for 1 week and you hear them for the next 3 months blowing up letterboxes and other property at 2am. The Government can’t control them, the police are stretched as it is so they can’t do anything and a large number of people can’t do the right thing, so they can do away with them all together for all I care.

#15
eh_steve10:58 pm, 03 Jun 08

Adam and Eve is always the cheapest, they claim to have half price fireworks. Not sure if they are THAT much cheaper, but you definitely get more bang for your buck *can’t believe nobody has used that pun yet* and you walk away with quite a significant amount more than from other places. I’ve never taken them up on the free DVD offer, but there’s that too.

#16
Mr Evil11:06 am, 04 Jun 08

seekay said :

We want our backyard to look like Hiroshima when we’re finished on Saturday night!

You should invite the Young Labor dudes over for a few hours then!

#17
Skidbladnir1:24 pm, 04 Jun 08

If you’re going to be out doing your own original research into Canberra’s firework underground, remember to ask for “small pest control” (to keep away rats and possums, as in the smaller, match-head light-and-throw varieties), or for the heavier varieties “warren and foxhole destruction”, not “fireworks”.
Anything other than the recreational ones allowed this weekend are highly illegal, and even for the legal ones you will need a license.
Don’t get me wrong, using these terms won’t provide you with any degree of legal backing or leg to stand on if charged, they just describe a proposed use for something other than the sparking fountains and bees.
Actually buying the fireworks is illegal, subject to fines or criminal penalties, etc.
Selling the fireworks is also illegal, subject to fines, penalties, or summary castration.
I don’t know, I’m no lawyer.

Some retailers will just give you a knowing smile and say no, others will agree with you about how much fun explosives used to be.
Those that can’t hook you up may be willing to send you in the right direction.
Wether or not this is considered illegal, I don’t know.

There was a ratfeatured guy selling from a short-term lease premises in Phillip (near the fake horse on Townsend St) last year, and apparently a guy selling from a furniture store in Tuggeranong.
FIIK where the those two can be found this year, just hunt around.

Adam and Eve do indeed sell cheaper individual fireworks, but last year they were doing the “cheap bees are only being sold with cheap (and nasty) porn”.
Apparently it increases the apparent sales figures for both.
So don’t bring the kids along.

#18
MrMagoo2:13 pm, 04 Jun 08

P!ss em off, its about time they were banned outright, there’s more than enough fireworks displays these days. Joe Public doesn’t to ignite things.

#19
Woody Mann-Caruso2:28 pm, 04 Jun 08

Thanks Skid, you’re a legend.

#20
beasley4:19 pm, 04 Jun 08

Thanks all for the helpful feedback and suggestions.

I just love a good cracker night….I pity those unfortunate ones not to live in the fantastic ACT which still allows this to happen!

I actually have friends who make the trip to Canberra over the cold long weekend to relive the fun of crackers from their youth.

I implore people not to blow stuff up and potentially lose this fun for good.

Keep it safe and keep it sensible.

#21
someoneincanb8:11 pm, 04 Jun 08

Saw this afternoon you can buy them at Tuggers hyperdome already. There was a stall set up in the middle of the walkway near Coles selling pre-packaged set-price bags. I was under the impression they weren’t purchasable until Friday but from this topic I’m getting the impression its just about when you can legally advertise….

Bring on lots of totally huge awesome ones with a lot of bang. I don’t need to buy any, I get enough kicks watching every other house set ‘em off. (obviously I haven’t been in Canberra long enough yet).

#22
fabforty8:55 pm, 04 Jun 08

Do they still make parachutes ? They were the BEST !!!

#23
Woody Mann-Caruso9:48 pm, 04 Jun 08

Yeah, but they’re nowhere near as cool as you remember when you were a kid.

#24
hingo7:57 am, 05 Jun 08

For people out Gungahlin way, you can get them at Denman Cellars. Booze and fireworks, is there any better combination?

#25
montana10:42 am, 06 Jun 08

when are we allowed to let them off? i heard the time has changed to between 5pm and 9pm on saturday and sunday only, is this right?

#26
beasley11:04 am, 06 Jun 08

Heard an ad on the radio this morning for Sportsman Warehouse selling them. The disclaimer at the end was the longest in history maybe twice as long as the ad itself – obviosuly a new requirement.

Anyway, I learnt that you can only let them off between 5 and 9 on saturday and Sunday only. Must be a Canberra resident to buy them and the selling hours are also limited to this Fri, Sat and Sun.

#27
beasley11:06 am, 06 Jun 08

If the Government is going to introduce these laws restricting time and day of use and purchasing, they could at least do a little bit more to advertise the fact.

Forcing advertisers to treble their media buy to sell the Government message is just wrong.

#28
montana11:58 am, 06 Jun 08

thats funny the queens birthday holiday is on monday but you’re not allowed to let them off on that day?

#29
Baconer12:34 pm, 09 Jun 08

Adam and Eve are not the best prices for bags (keep note for next year). They claim 50-60% off normal prices but a store around the back of the Higgins Shops sells the same bags in all the same sizes for $20-$30 cheaper (depending on the size).

Also the quality has gone up from previous years, our bags only had 2 or 3 fountains and the rest were the entertaining “Flaming Ball” style.

As most likely already stated, this year was a trial run, if too many incidents regarding property damage occurred, fireworks would be off indefinitely.

If you don’t enjoy the fireworks, instead of whining about it and ruining it for the rest of us just simply lock yourselves in your house, close your curtains, pump up the Brahm, pour a nice glass of Chardon and revel in your superior dignified refinement. Do not fear, you will always be better then us cretins who enjoy bright, colorful lights and loud noises…

#30
stonedwookie10:25 pm, 23 Jun 08

lastyear adam and eve sold me fireworks but they were dodgey dont buy your crackers there!.
like they sell you a firework with say 20 tubes on but it will say 10 shots on the package so only half of it goes off making all the fireworks they sold me twice as small as they looked talk about a scam

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