Here’s Why You Should Leave New Year’s Fireworks To The Experts

New Year’s Eve is one of the best times of the year. Out with the old and in with the new, they say. And it’s also that time of the year when your parents give you an arsenal of explosives and say, “para que te diviertas!” While most of us were just excited by watching something explode, other experts went the extra mile and took their fireworks game to the next level. Check out these pyromaniacs that definitely understand how to to push the limits of even the most basic fireworks.

Oh yeah: DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME!

Don’t cross paths with thousands of Black Cats.

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Normally cats don’t run in packs, but this neighborhood banded together and set up 500K packages of Black Cats. Hope the kid filming with his phone had the fire department on speed dial.

And here’s what a single Black Cat looks like when stuck inside an orange.

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Sparklers aren’t the most exciting fireworks… unless you have too many.

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One sparkler is great for 30 seconds of fun. You can pretend like you’re Harry Potter conjuring a majestic Patronus. However, one YouTuber really stepped up his game when he combined 5,000 sparklers at once. You might need a welder’s mask to watch the entire thing.

Bang Snaps are the gateway firework that turns you into a lifelong pyromaniac!

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A single bang snap is the perfect retaliation against an annoying little brother. This YouTuber used 200 Bang Snaps to create this weapon of mass destruction. It sounds like a gun when he finally tosses it. Watch here.

One fella stuffed an iphone in with 2,000 bang snaps…

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… and tossed it off a building to see what would happen.

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The phone looks like it has seen better days.

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Hope they kept that warranty.

How’s this for a pit of snakes?

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Snake fireworks are pretty boring. A few seconds of flame and some ash, no big deal. But this guy decided to get 1,000 of these fiery reptiles, and the result is actually kind of gruesome. It looks less like a snake and more like a horribly burned Medusa.

Who needs thousands of fireworks when you can just launch the largest firework in North America?

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Earlier this year, in Colorado, a dedicated crew of pyromaniacs got the thrill of a lifetime when they detonated a 1,175 pound firework.

The detonation looks like something that could wipe out the dinosaurs.

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Just one shell lights up the evening.

For an explosion this size, we need a second angle.

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Cohetones can be used to annoy neighbors, or in the case of these Mexican protestors, antagonize the police.

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But with a little engineering, cohetones can be used to create one of the most awesome hand-held fireworks displays ever.

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It takes some hardcore engineering and 1,500 rocket fireworks to create a “Doom-worthy” chain-gun. Seriously, don’t try this at home.

Speaking of things you shouldn’t try at home, check out this Jedi vs. Roman Candle.

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This kind of behavior is exactly why your mom didn’t want you playing with that kid down the street.

One Texas police department got the best assignment ever when they were ordered to detonate 20,000 pounds of fireworks.

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After the police confiscated thousands of illegal fireworks, the judge gave the order to “destroy” them. The awesomeness of the explosion still comes through, even though it’s day time in the video.

This genius combined a massive fireworks show with a drone camera, and the footage was gorgeous.

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This is arguably the greatest scientific achievement since Benjamin Franklin flew a kite during a lightning storm. No word on whether or not the drone survived this trip, but the images are nothing short of breathtaking.

In 2012, Garden State Fireworks accidentally detonated 7,000 fireworks all at once.

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The fireworks display was supposed to take place over 17 minutes, but thanks to a faulty computer program, all 7,000 fireworks were set off simultaneously. In just 30 seconds, spectators witnessed one of the most awesome explosions in history of fireworks.


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