It's time for the annual 'Pixie's New Years Redneck Adventures', 2006 edition.
You may remember fireworks shenanigans last year -- this year we had our explosions just a wee bit early.
In fact, it turns out that I indirectly saved several lives - including my own. I'm really, really happy about that.
My neighbours know that I don't believe in throwing garbage into campfires. I am especially vocal about the neighbours giving their young children spent fireworks casings to throw in the fire (IIRC that was the topic of last year's horror story). I also don't really see the point in burning things that end up releasing toxic and/or foul smelling particles into the air. Call me crazy. It wrecks the whole point of sitting around a campfire.
In deference to my crazy notions, the neighbours don't throw anything and everything in the fire anymore. At least, not until I go to bed for the night...
One night last week, exactly this scenario occurred. The campfire had broken up, and my neighbour dumped the contents of his recycling bin onto the fire to burn, just before going into the house to check on his kids. I was at home, and I just happened to be looking out the window. There was a muffled BOOM and the whole yard lit up for a split second. I wondered, but didn't find out the rest of the story until the next day.
My neighbour had thrown one of those little camper-size propane bottles into the recycling bin some time earlier, and then forgotten about it. It exploded, and according to my neighbour, his entire house shook when it went off. When my neighbour investigated, there was nothing left of the campfire, it was basically an empty crater. No wood, no embers. Nothing. Had anyone been standing around that fire, they would have been severely injured.
I doubt that this will change the behavior of any of the people involved, but we'll see. I wish I'd taken a picture of the propane cannister, which my neighbour eventually found in his yard. Everyone who sees it shivers at how violently the metal was ripped apart.
Let's see, what else -- oh, of course no new years can be complete without the yearly Firework contraption photo... this year's display had bigger, more expensive fireworks, but suffered from technical glitches that made it less impressive than last year.
And how are we all this year? Any violent experiences or passionate resolutions that I should be aware of?