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Old June 5th, 2013, 04:30 PM   #1
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Its about that time, to start planinng our annual family fireworks show. Anyone have any must-have fireworks for 2013? Or what places you are buying from?

Last year, we used "BIG" fireworks, and were pretty happy with the results, no misfires/duds, and really nice breaks.

So far this year, I haven't seen those guys put up a tent near my location yet. We do have a 'World Class' fireworks dealer in town, and I know Phantom has a store around.

I am always looking for a nice 500g sprinkler cake or two to use to start the show, or as the midway point as a change of pace. Last year we used Master of Enemies, which was pretty good. BIG seems to have the best selection of these types of cakes, that I've seen so far.

We usually have an opening salvo, ~5-6 min of 1.75" mortars, mid-show someithng (candles, fountains, etc), then 5-6 more min of mortars, then about a 3 min finale. Last years show was about 20 min total. Anyone have any good ones to try, or preferred brands? (Yes, I now, someone is going to say build your own, blah blah.... I prefer to stick to 1.4g consumer stuff, with about $1000 budget). Still kinda new to doing these things...

I always hear excal's are the best cannister shells, haven't been able to try them yet...

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Its about that time, to start planinng our annual family fireworks show. Anyone have any must-have fireworks for 2013? Or what places you are buying from?

Last year, we used "BIG" fireworks, and were pretty happy with the results, no misfires/duds, and really nice breaks.

So far this year, I haven't seen those guys put up a tent near my location yet. We do have a 'World Class' fireworks dealer in town, and I know Phantom has a store around.

I am always looking for a nice 500g sprinkler cake or two to use to start the show, or as the midway point as a change of pace. Last year we used Master of Enemies, which was pretty good. BIG seems to have the best selection of these types of cakes, that I've seen so far.

We usually have an opening salvo, ~5-6 min of 1.75" mortars, mid-show someithng (candles, fountains, etc), then 5-6 more min of mortars, then about a 3 min finale. Last years show was about 20 min total. Anyone have any good ones to try, or preferred brands? (Yes, I now, someone is going to say build your own, blah blah.... I prefer to stick to 1.4g consumer stuff, with about $1000 budget). Still kinda new to doing these things...

I always hear excal's are the best cannister shells, haven't been able to try them yet...

My old man always a believer in phantom fireworks when he had big shows. We haven't bought any in many years so that's all I got.
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http://www.jakesfireworks.com/michigan/

We just bought a bunch of fireworks for Memorial Day party , Not 1 dud and pretty good prices, They just opened a store in Auburn Hills on Joslyn rd across from the Home Depot .


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I like the ones I don't have to pay for.

Holy shit are those things expensive...
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I always go to Shelton in northern Indiana. I don't drive by there on a regular basis anymore though. As far as brands or type I have no idea. I always just grabbed a couple boxes of mortars, some Roman candles, and an assortment of small ish.
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I think I'm going to try and make a sparkler bomb.
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Big fireworks has a store in Waterford on Dixie.
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THe only issues we had with our mortars last year, is that the sometimes the double break festival balls would have the bottom one explode in the tube. Looks cool, turns the bottom break into a mine... but I don't know how good it is for the tubes. These are high quality aftermarket 1/4" wall HDPE tubes with stapled wood plugs. Didn't seem to cause any damage.
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empty Co2 cartridges filled with black powder make a nice boom!!
or so a friend told me.
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Yes, and will split a steel door wide open.

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we used big last year,but the black cat ones I had leftover were better. The black cat "big and bad" 1.4g rocket is real nice. Phantom mortars were a bit better then the big ones.
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have always favored the Shelton Fireworks store in Porter IN and taken recommendations of the young guys working there. long drive but dependable stuff and the recommendations of the college student floor employees have been very good.
i take all the stuff, put on 4x8 sheets of plywood, fuse all together, balance on a canoe or row rowboat starting with big roman candles and set off shore in the lake. paddle out, light a long leader fuse, row to shore, pop a beer and enjoy 10~15 min of bang pow.
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