I have seen quite a few fireworks go off in my life. Every year in the U.S., Independence day is celebrated with fireworks going off on the 4th of July all across the country. Growing up we would go with our dad, or grandpa, “across the border”, to Ohio and buy enough out of state fireworks to blow up the car on the way home. We would do our own show at our house, or one of the relatives house. These weren’t on the scale of the ones produced by some of the towns, but they were fun, and someone was always nearly hit with a bottle rocket gone astray or burnt by one of the torches. Later on, as teenagers we would go get our own fireworks, and with helmets and goggles on, we would make teams and fire all sorts of bottle rockets, roman candles, blackcats, and the always potent saturn missles back and forth at one another. Most towns, even small towns like Monroeville (about 1,500 people) have their own shows. Living out in the country you only need to get on your roof, or climb a tree and you can see the fireworks going off in the different surrounding towns. Its always pretty cool to see this, and watch them all go off.
So, last night I went to the Carnival in Olongapo with Manny, Keegan, and Scott. It was the start of their summer festival, and they were going to have fireworks to celebrate it. They had fairly big fireworks going up, and to make it more exciting/dangerous they were being set off about 30 feet away from the huge crowd of people standing around. It went on for about ten minutes as the Top Gun theme, and Van Halen “dreams” was on repeat. As I had my head cocked back staring up at the show/watching for the falling debris, I thought that this was probably the best show I’ve seen, and almost as fun as firing roman candles at my brother Below for your listening enjoyment, the music.