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|A Person Who Shall Remain Nameless, assisting with the final assembly of a sparkler bomb that makes it into the Bloody Large category. Ten inch sparklers at the base, 28 inchers in the middle. Note the newspaper under the bomb - this was used to help hold together the unwired clump of sparklers during assembly. The paper will also catch the inevitable plethora of tiny sparkler-stuff fragments that's left behind by bomb assembly, which makes it easier to pile up the dust and torch it later.|
|Ignition! The bomb, stabbed into a hay bale that had no idea its evening was going to be this exciting, has just started.|
|The vertical line is an artefact of very bright light on the video camera's CCD. It makes the situation look like a test firing of the primary weapon of an ID4 saucer, but it's not really there.|
|Just getting going. Observe distinctive Australian flora, and distinctive Australian Crowd O' Drunks (accept no imitations).|
|Yee-haw! Oversaturation of the video camera CCD gives the impression that the entire crowd has been swallowed up in a cloud of flaming death, which is not actually the case. But hey, it's a hell of a picture.|
|Ramping down (T equals about 3 seconds), with the spark-blast falling through the rising smoke cloud.|
|Up comes the smoke. Spectators too close to the action dodge small hot falling things.|
|Nice mushroom cloud, eh?|
|Show's over. Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.|
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Copyright © Daniel Rutter, 1997. Last edited 15/05/02.