Dad Days of Summer: While Momania’s Theresa Walsh Giarrusso takes a vacation, local dad and sportswriter Andy Johnston will be filling in. You can e-mail him at email@example.com.
I don’t think a Fourth of July or New Year’s Eve passed without me, my brother, a cousin and a bunch of friends blowing up several dollars worth of fireworks.
We shot all kinds, from Roman candles to those little metal things that flew up in the air to the bigger tubes that produced pretty colors and gave the neighbors something to watch.
But bottle rockets were our favorite, mainly, I think, because we could aim them.
We knew the rules. You were supposed to stick them in the bottle, which was supposed to be aimed at the sky. You were to light the fuse and supposed to move a safe distance.
We shot bottle rockets at everything.
Trees. Cars. Houses. Each other.
We didn’t even use the bottles.
We’d hold them in our hand and throw them as far as we could at whatever we were trying to hit.
Crazy and stupid, rolled into one, but boys will be boys, as they say.
I’m surprised none of my friends were hurt, since we were the target age for fireworks-related injuries.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) said that two of five (39 percent) victims of fireworks injuries in 2009 were under the age of 15. The highest risk of injury was for children ages 10 to 14. Here is some info about fireworks – did you know they can reach 1,200 degrees – and this website is for the kids.
At 5, Ty still covers his ears when fireworks are booming, so I figure that’s something we’ll have to deal with in a few years.
Do you let your kids shoot fireworks?
If so, are they unsupervised or do you watch what they’re doing?
At what age do you think it’s OK for kids to shoot fireworks?
- By Andy Johnston, for the Momania blog