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Firecrackers, the Health and Safety way


Firecrackers were set off in front of the many doorways in Chinatown. there were severak grous of three experts who trundled around with a wire cage into which they would put a string of firecrackers and then, standing guard with water and poles the fireworks would be set off. Plenty of noise and smoke then the water man would douse the remains and so they would move on.

I liked the contrast between the heavily protected operators and the crowds that would get as close as possible in there fine cosutumes. I do wonder what it would have been like years ago before Health and Safety got into the act.

There are a few more pictures on my Flickr site here.

Firecrackers, the Health and Safety way


Firecrackers were set off in front of the many doorways in Chinatown. there were severak grous of three experts who trundled around with a wire cage into which they would put a string of firecrackers and then, standing guard with water and poles the fireworks would be set off. Plenty of noise and smoke then the water man would douse the remains and so they would move on.

I liked the contrast between the heavily protected operators and the crowds that would get as close as possible in there fine cosutumes. I do wonder what it would have been like years ago before Health and Safety got into the act.

There are a few more pictures on my Flickr site here.

comments (6)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 Feb 2010, 06:51
A wonderful illustration here of the barminess in which we all live Les!
Les Auld: And I wonder just how many pages of risk assessment had to be completed Chris, thanks for the comment.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Feb 2010, 07:37
This reminds me of a decision we made in our family to NOT set off fireworks every July 4th in Michigan, Les. We had done it for years without any serious injuries. Then, one year as the grandchildren were getting older, playing recklessly with their "tame" sparklers, we all got scared about what could happen. So on the spot we made the decision to stop with fireworks going forward. We just didn't want the liability...or the possiblity of an accident we'd regret. Sigh!

I guess if professionals are setting them off and security guards are in place, it's a different story
Les Auld: I know what you mean about fireworks Ginnie, when we lived in Birmingham we never had fireworks of our own but we did live on a park where a grand bonfire night display was held and there was no way we could compete with it. So it sort of became natural just to go to organised displays.

However thinking back to my own youth I shudder to think about the risks we took way back then, no Health and Safety concerns in the dark ages.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Feb 2010, 13:03
LOL.. it beggars belief really! I like the "protective outfit" worn by the guy with the gold trousers and the "dragon's skin" over him! smile
Les Auld: Probably made from special Chinese foreproof material Alan, thanks for the comment.
I think there might well be some H&S issues here Les.
Les Auld: Could well be Brian, thanks for the comment.
I imagine that in the past, some of those costumes caught fire!
Les Auld: Maybe so Tom, but only once I suspect. Thanks for the comment.
I know its done for safety, but it so ruins the effect of it all. Better be safe than sorry.smile
Les Auld: I suppose so Linda, but a bit of spectacle helps. Thanks for the comment.

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