I was staying in a large apartment park, where half the population of Seattle
can be found in 5 square block. For the Chinese New Year, it is traditional for
every family to light fireworks, All the people were on one side of the street
and all the fireworks were done on the other side. Many images came to mind...
a. Take the most powerful fireworks mankind has ever made, give them to a bunch
of 10 year old kids, and confine them to a space of 15 square feet.
b. About 1 in 10 fireworks would drift over into the crowd and blowup.
c. The Noise...roughly 1000 firecrackers going off per second, and 10x that
going off from other places around the city. Imagine having a truck 2 feet
behind you, beeping like crazy, and you not realize it until the driver gets out
and tells you to move.
d. Crossing the Street, from the Crowd side to the Fireworks side is a once in a
life time experience. You not only have to worry about 200 kids Fire-grenades
coming your way, you also have to dodge traffic, which seams to be unaffected by the fireworks. The casualty rate for those who tried to
cross this divide, were slightly better than storming the beaches at Normandy.