Time to get your fireworks

Ralph 6 June 2005 52

Well this is the week for all you pyromaniacs and backyard pyrotechnicians (I’m both) to stock-up on fireworks. In addition to the usual outlets in Fyschwick, it appears that every man and his dog wants to get into the fireworks frenzy this week. I notice Magnet Mart and the carwash in Gungahlin are also selling them. If you’re like me you’ll buy so many that you’ll have a good enough stash to use as your heart desires during the other 51 weeks of the year.

This is also the week where many NSW relatives I never hear from for the rest of the year come to my house unannounced, and ask me to get in the car and buy fireworks for them. So apart from all the ruptured ear drums, burns, and terrified pets, it is warming to know that families are reunited by these little packages of explosives.

You can also be guaranteed that the Canberra Times will be filled with letters over the next couple of weeks, with the usual suspects screeching and howling about the perils of fireworks. Summernats is the only other event that whips the cardigan wearers into such frenzy.


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52 Responses to Time to get your fireworks
teddy bear teddy bear 6:38 pm 09 Jun 07

I own a dog who doesn’t like fireworks although her predecessor didn’t have a problem.

I go along with the Thumper position on the issue.

ant ant 1:01 am 09 Jun 07

Well, they’re 2 years old! someone’s found an ancient thread.

el el 10:27 pm 08 Jun 07

Even more confusing was trying to figure out how posts from the 10th of June appeared before today’s efforts…

el el 10:25 pm 08 Jun 07

I own a cardigan, yet I *like* fireworks, so apparently I’m a dickhead (apparently I look quite tasty in the cardigan though).

So confusing!

Keep your pets inside, at least you have some warning. What do you do when there’s a thunderstorm?

headshot headshot 2:57 pm 08 Jun 07

wake up to yourselves. For christ sakes its 1 weekend out of a year, You carry on about ‘only thinking about yourself’ why cant you come to grips with the fact that although it may mean nothing to you, pyrotechnics can mean a lot to different people, it can mean more than your spoilt brat of a dog who contributes nothing to society besides comforting your sad lonely self on a saturday night. bonfire put it perfectly, thunderstorms are no better, so fckn put up with it, your mutt will soon get over it. Dont make our society anymore grey and boring than it is, let the masses enjoy their weekend of shenanigans and shut your whinging pie hole and deal with it you self centred bunch of freaks.

stonedwookie stonedwookie 6:57 pm 10 Jun 05

fireworks are cool maybe you guys and gals should bring your pets inside for fireworks weekend.

gingermick gingermick 5:09 pm 08 Jun 05

Onya Thumper!

Ralph, Yes. Qbn has its share of dickheads, too. But most of we struggletowners enjoy holding the high moral ground. We delight in our excellent views of the Canberra porn shops, fireworks emporiums, and communist rulers. You are cordially invited to our next tattoo fair.

Ralph Ralph 7:56 am 08 Jun 05

Good to hear someone from Queanbeyan taking the moral high ground. A good proportion of this week’s customers will no doubt be from Queanbeyan.

You forgot to mention the porn shops are selling them as well. Very dirty indeed.

Thumper Thumper 7:30 pm 07 Jun 05


Depends on which ‘motorcycle gangs’ you are talking about.

My mob are The Patriots, ex services (mainly Army) riders. We don’t have much interest in fireworks. We used to use the real thing…

Point taken though…


gingermick gingermick 7:06 pm 07 Jun 05

Well, Ari, allow me to propose that fireworks be banned. There! I live in NSW and we survive happily without them. Who are the ACT suppliers? Is it a fact that there are very few licenced dealers and that your (apparently)protected motor cycle gangs are involved?

Ari Ari 4:34 pm 07 Jun 05

OK … fair enough … I’m sorry you thought I was flaming you, it wasn’t intended as such.

Thumper Thumper 4:31 pm 07 Jun 05

I meant no-one on this site….

As for the government? Well, its not seen as a leftist cultural pastime is it, therefore ideaology says it must go!

Flame Gallagher, not me. Read my posts, I’ve got nothing against them unless they are used irresponsibly.

And frankly I don’t give a toss about what Gallagher says, thus far she has proven to be unreliable, unrepentent, incompetent, and generally useless. I somehow doubt she could come up with a workable piece of legislation.

Ari Ari 4:17 pm 07 Jun 05

Oh come on, Thumper … “no one actually suggested they be banned” … just take a look at Katy Gallagher’s statement in the other fireworks thread.

This government has been keen to find a reason to ban fireworks for years.

Thumper Thumper 3:47 pm 07 Jun 05

Total Fire Ban isn’t going happen I’m afraid….

LurkerGal LurkerGal 3:02 pm 07 Jun 05

Yep, for one weekend you can lock your pets inside all day and night. But you can’t do it all year.

LG, praying for a total fire ban.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart Samuel Gordon-Stewart 2:55 pm 07 Jun 05

Agreed, I don’t want them banned, I just don’t want idiots blowing up letter boxes and exploding stuff outside of the long weekend.


Thumper Thumper 2:37 pm 07 Jun 05


No-one actually suggested that they be totally banned. I think its more of a case of appropriate use.

And when I was younger I seem to recall the same argument was used about animals because we were always reminded to put our dogs indoors.

As for banning hot air balloons, that is just a stupid statement.

Ari Ari 2:28 pm 07 Jun 05

How come this whole “innocent” animals get scared routine only started recently?

When I was younger you rarely heard this argument getting trotted out. And even those people who said their dog/cat/goldfish felt a bit peeved at the pyrotechnics didn’t then go on to demand that everyone else should be forced to give up their preferred recreation for that one weekend a year.

My dog doesn’t like hot-air balloons – he barks at them and may well be scared (although I know he’s not “innocent”). Perhaps they should be banned too?

LurkerGal LurkerGal 2:10 pm 07 Jun 05

I don’t care if kids blow their fingers off. I don’t care if they blow their heads off. I care about the innocent animals.

Ralph Ralph 2:02 pm 07 Jun 05

When I was a boy heaps of us kids would take throwdowns to school around this time of year. Nobody was that hung-up about it.

Eventually they ended up banning throwdowns, and then not long after that all fireworks were banned. And this came about because a small number of stupid kids blew their fingers off.

We’re becoming a nation of whingers and wowsers.

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