Grand Avenue (7/2/09)

07-02-09 (Grand Avenue)

“Should you be using fireworks in the house when Grandma is taking a nap?” A better question might be, “Should you be using fireworks in the house at all, lest you blow up the linoleum and burn a hole in the couch?” Of course, the girl in this strip has a point when she claims that poppers don’t qualify as fireworks. These lame noisemakers were a staple of my childhood and, despite being cheap and plentiful, were no substitute for a handful of bottle rockets or a fully loaded Roman Candle. Unfortunately, those latter items were illegal in Illinois. That didn’t stop the neighborhood adults from driving south to buy fireworks in Indiana, but, more often than not, my friends and I were still stuck popping poppers and holding sparklers.

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