Fire Bug? Pyromaniac? Fireworks Freak?  

ohcurious14 59M
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7/3/2006 9:01 am

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Fire Bug? Pyromaniac? Fireworks Freak?

At the age of 4 years old, I was first introduced to fireworks. I had an uncle who lived in Kansas City, Missouri to this day I will now and forever remember that day clearly. That particular year, (1961) we just happened to be in Missouri for the 4th. Uncle Steve took me to a fireworks stand and he bought an arsenal of fireworks. I vividly remember preparing for that night as we had a family cookout in his back yard, and the treat we got after eating was a Red, White, & Blue Bomb Pop Popsicle. It was warm that day and can still remember the popsicle melting fast.

As dusk approached, everyone moved to the front of the house as Uncle Steve took me out near the street and we began lighting sparkler after sparkler. I remember him getting out some roman candles and these round metal objects I called them helicopters, but as i grew older, i now refer to them as ass chasers. The damn things have a mind of their own. We never did run out of fireworks to shoot that night and we only paused long enough to watch the town's own display. It was pretty awesome to see nearly every house in his neighborhood shooting off fireworks.

From that day I have turned into a pyromaniac, ( I know, big shock, huh everyone?) I've had some very interesting experiences concerning fireworks. I was 14 years old and was camping at Timberview Lakes in Bushnell,Illinois over the fourth. We had gone with my Aunt & Uncle and their family. We had a blast. So many people, the place was packed it was the 4th and oh hell yes there were fireworks out the ass, everywhere.

Our camping spot was at the perimeter of the campgrounds next to a farm field that had cows in it. Never saw the damn things until 5:30 A.M. when they would come down to the fence where the creek was to get water and start mooing. Nice alarm clock and we nearly would die laffing cuz we had started a running joke about the mooing being one of us actually passing gas. At family get togethers this camping trip always comes up. Yes it was so much fun. During the day on the 4th, my cousin and I wanted to set off some firecrackers and we were looking for a spot to do that. Since it was so dry, letting them off in the grass was not a good option. So my cousin and I opted to hop the electric fence and go into the pasture to light them off. We saw a dead tree about 75 yards from our camp site and i'll be damned if this tree didn't have holes in it the same size diameter as the firecrackers we had.

So we decide this is a good place to light them off. We unravel the firecrackers and place a bunch of them in the holes that were in the tree.
My cousin and I took turns lighting them and were laffing as the firecrackers would on occasion blow a piece of the tree off. We had set off 4 or 5 packs of firecrackers and was getting ready to head back to our camper when we noticed something.
This was not anything good either. AS a matter of fact it was bad. The wind had kicked up and evidently had fanned an ember and we had set the tree on fire. It wasn't so much a fire as it was smoldering but it was smoldering big time. The tree was deader than we thought and the fear we had was if it caught fully on fire and got to the ground the bone dry grass would burn rapidly.

So here my cousin and I are panicked, nervous, afraid and trying to figure out what to do. Ok so here is where the creek comes in to play. We had a soda can which doesn't fill very quickly and a creek 75 yards away from smoldering tree. All we both kept thinking was if this fire gets to the ground were going to jail. We worked feverishly running back and forth to the creek to get a half a can of water and run back to the tree. The wind really started picking up and OMG was the smoke ever pouring from tree. I kept having visions of the fire department giving me dirty looks and the police officer cuffing me. That was enough incentive for me to work harder.

An hour and 15 minutes later, we had succeeded in getting the tree put out. My cousin and I never told a soul of this and just last week I told my mom what happened. To this day my cousin and I still get a good chuckle out of this. The campgrounds put on on hell of a fireworks display and it was an enjoyable 4th.

The following morning was not so good. It was very early, just barely daylight and it was very windy and thundering. We heard a vehicle outside stop by our camper. He knocked and said there is a tornado warning for the county we were in and we needed to get out of here. Needless to say we got the hell out of there pretty quickly and headed for home. It is a good thing we heeded the warning too as a tornado did go through the campgrounds and did a lot of damage. A huge tree next to the creek was uprooted from the tornado and we got to see the pictures of the damage the following year when we went back. Pretty scary.

ButteryDelight 58F

7/3/2006 11:45 pm

yes, OhC, sir that does sound pretty scary. You were lucky to have been able to put out the fire.

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Twister2bed 47M
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7/4/2006 10:20 am

Should have broke out the marshmellows and hot dogs instead of running around for water

ohcurious14 59M
1683 posts
7/4/2006 11:53 am

Now why am I not surprised? But i'm going to blame you here because you should of known i'd do something stupid like this and you should of been my voice of reasoning instead of the voice in my head.

fancy_for_you 39F
3014 posts
7/4/2006 7:13 pm

OC that's better than what my cousin's did one year. They were lighting off firecrackers and got the bright idea of tossing them in the air. No big deal right? Wrong! My grandma's little dog though it was a snack and jumped up and caught it in his mouth. Poor puppy had to be put down from that.

And yeah your story was scarey. You could of been squished and then none of us would know your warped and curious mind. We'd all be lacking in some way for not knowing you if you had been squished by that tree.

Hugs, glad you weren't squished like a bug OC.



ohcurious14 replies on 7/4/2006 9:41 pm:
Awww thanks sweetie.

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