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Here’s What You Shouldn’t Do With Fireworks This Fourth of July

Make sure you have all five fingers on July 5th.

Fireworks are fun and just as much a part of Independence Day celebrations as cookouts, but please, Please, PLEASE be careful.

To deter you from setting your house ablaze with a mix of patriotic fervor, alcohol, and black powder, here are five of the biggest pyrotechnic mishaps ever. Observe the proximity of the bystanders, the lack of forethought, the size of the explosives and make yourself a mental checklist of proper protocol tomorrow before putting that M-80 in your pool. Which you shouldn’t do.

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

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