There's nothing quite like the soft sizzling sounds of dead animal flesh on the grill, that intoxicating aroma of charcoal briquette smoke mixed with black and silver powder! Next to Christmas the Fourth Of July is my all time favorite holiday! God how I love blowing things up, cooking out on the grill, spending time with family and friends and of course celebrating our Independence with tons of grilled food and fireworks! Does it get more American than that? I think not!

Over the years I've engaged in more than my fair share of firework fights and wars. Luckily no innocent by standers, family, friends or even myself have ever been seriously injured. Having said that it's NEVER a good ideal to use fireworks for anything other than what they were designed for. Believe it or not most fireworks have directions and safety information on how to light and discharge them. I didn't know that until recently, I usually just found a fuse lit it and ran. Follow the guidelines found on the packaging to reduce the risk of injury, fire or death. I guess getting older and having kids changes the way one handles fireworks and explosives, or at least it did for me.

Here's a great video on what not to do with fireworks! Sure it's funny, but you really shouldn't do any of the things you're about to see. Have a happy and safe Fourth Of July!

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