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Time to get your fireworks

By 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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Time to get your fireworks
Thumper 8:41 am 07 Jun 05


my fat terrier is terrified of fireworks. She goes and under a bed whenever they go off.

And yet she has no hestitation at attacking things like Alsations and Great Danes who don’t seem to be smart to realise they they are about 500% bigger than she is????

Thankfully she hasn’t been eaten by one of these said beasts…

Anyway, she’s terrified of things that go bang in the night….

Canberra_unsung_hero 10:57 pm 06 Jun 05

Yeah, most of the drive team are pretty good.

Samuel Gordon-Stewar 9:52 pm 06 Jun 05

CUH: Really? It’s the first time I’ve managed to get through to drive for a while…first time I’ve had a conversation with Mike Frame too, he is quite nice.

sk8erboi, Ralph, any other owners of petrified pets: I know how you feel.


Ralph 8:25 pm 06 Jun 05

My dog flips out as well. It hasn’t died of fright.

sk8erboi 8:21 pm 06 Jun 05

Ralph, would you like to come over and mind my dog this weekend? She is petrified of fireworks, last year she climbed into the kitchen cupboard to get away from the noise. She barks all night from mid-may until the local kids run out of their stash of crackers for the year, usually in september or october.

Jazz 7:52 pm 06 Jun 05

gingermick – what is your problem with crackers?

Canberra_unsung_hero 7:29 pm 06 Jun 05

Hey Samuel …. I heard you talking to Mike Frame on the radio this afternoon.

Samuel Gordon-Stewar 7:25 pm 06 Jun 05

I was going to make this point on Kane Bond’s saturday morning show over the weekend, but he didn’t like my other point and cut me off…

I don’t mind the mass public displays of fireworks, they are (mostly) safe and are scheduled, however the queens birthday long weekend (and the weeks before and after) really annoy me because, as a pet owner, I have to constantly try to keep my lovely doggie calm when idiots walk past letting off fireworks left, right and centre…it quite simply drives me nuts! At least the scheduled public displays occur at an advertised time which makes it easier to deal with.


gingermick 7:10 pm 06 Jun 05

I have a very nice cardy and if any of you retarded bastards let your filthy fireworks off in Queanbeyan, pray that the coppers get to you before I do. I would take great pleasure in inserting a large bunger right up ya!

yakz 5:39 pm 06 Jun 05

I hope your DIY modifications dont hurt anyone standing near you Ralph
re pyrotechnic display Ari, set fire to your own house the amazing array of different coloured flames as well as various appliance expolding should make up for any lack in the store bought ones. You can get a beer sit across the road and watch. Lots of people will help you celebrate plus you get the flashing blue and red light show. When it is all over you may even have a bed for the night.
Looked for a cardigan could not find one.
In my area this has been the quietest lead up to the long weekend, normally by now regular small arms fire interspered with occassional explosions.

Ralph 4:17 pm 06 Jun 05

Ahhh, some simple DIY modifications can turn your wimpy firework into a cracking beast!

Ari 4:14 pm 06 Jun 05

Jeez, we’re reduced to such wimpy fireworks nowdays, it’s a real struggle to get a decent pyrotechnic display happening.

Since there’s been no let-up in the busybodies whinging in recent years, it’s becoming clear their agenda is simply anti-fun.

bonfire 4:11 pm 06 Jun 05

Interestingly Ive not heard one firewqorks related explosion this year. I assume the banning of ‘crackers’ 3 years ago has seen stashes dwindle.

Thumper 3:31 pm 06 Jun 05

I’m kind of take em or leave em, although I tend more to the leave em side.

And I certainly don’t have a cardigan. Or slippers or a pipe for that matter…..

LurkerGal 2:26 pm 06 Jun 05

I am against fireworks and I insist that you know that I do not own a single cardigan.

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