One of Seth’s favorite hobbies is lighting off fireworks. He loves all kinds — the bigger, the better. They are magical to him. His vacation choice is usually Evanston, Wyoming. It is a small town just across the border from Utah. Wyoming has more lenient laws on fireworks. They have a lot of cool fireworks year-round that are illegal here in Utah. For as long as I can remember, people have been driving an hour or more to Evanston to pick up fireworks for the fourth of July.
This past year, Seth decided to make his own firework. He had dismantled other fireworks to see how they were constructed. He transformed a toilet paper roll into his own creation using duct tape, a fuse, and a tiny amount of powder from a roman candle he took apart. He was a good boy and did not light it without permission. He asked for weeks to light it, and after some time, his mom finally let him.
It worked! It was not a high-flying firework, but one that stayed close to the
ground. That must have satisfied his curiosity because there have been no
homemade fireworks since. That may also be because of our “no more black