The craziest high-tech innovation to hit the battlefield in ages boasts millimeters-thick sheet metal, black powder time bombs, battering-blades and a heavy armament of bottle rockets. No—it isn’t the advanced replacement to the M1 Abrams battle tank, it’s the Ghanaian Kantanka and it’s laughably terrifying.
Here’s a pretty picture perfect scene of fireworks exploding behind a C-130 Hercules airplane at Yokota Air Base, Japan. I like to imagine all those fanciful blue explosions as a swarm of alien planes that are waiting to come back to the mothership Hercules. Or something like that.
A 1,650-foot long, 18-foot wide fireworks “ladder,” made of steel and gunpowder, lit up the sky over Quanzhou, China. The ladder, which used a balloon to loft it high above the ground, was the dream of Cai Guoqiang, the same artist who produced the incredible fireworks display during the Beijing Olympics.
One semi truck caught up in the deadly 90-car highway pileup today in Michigan happened to be filled with fireworks. Here's what that looked like.
An accidental fireworks explosion in Simi Valley, California sent 20 people to the hospital and injured eight more, leading a bomb squad to removed the leftover fireworks.
A horrible thing has happened today in China's Henan Province. A truck loaded to the gills with fireworks—intended for the country's upcoming Lunar New Year celebration—fired off its wares on a busy highway, leading to six minutes of the most brightly lit, celebratory destruction in recent memory.
Police in Portland, Maine released this surveillance video of either one or two vandals tossing a roman candle into a parked 2009 Nissan Versa on July 17th. The culprits are still on the loose.
If you were curious exactly how much fireworks fun you're legally allowed to have tomorrow—or how far you'll have to travel to buy the good stuff—look no further than this handy map of state-by-state fireworks legality. UPDATED:
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