The 4th of July is behind us, but not fireworks. We'll likely be hearing explosions throughout the weekend — even in places that have prohibited fireworks due to the high fire danger. Such bans were rare back in the day, even though a lot of the fireworks made during the first half of the 20th Century look dangerous as hell. As proof, check out the following gallery of fireworks catalog items from a collection assembled at Fireworksland.com. Some of them are odd, others are bizarre and the top pick is so flat-out offensive that our jaw is still on the floor. Check them out below. Number 10: Wild elephant Talk about an endangered species.
Number 9: Auto joke bomb Always a favorite with members of the Mafia.
Number 7: White mule It packs one helluva kick....
Number 5: Spark plug bombs Continuing the hilarious theme of making drivers think their car is exploding.
Number 3: Tire bombs Flat tires have never been funnier!
Number 1: Smoking Sambo An incredibly offensive sign of the times. At least whoever thought of this is ashes by now....
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More from our Calhoun: Wake-Up Call archive circa June 2011: "Elitch Gardens fireworks show lights up the night, but fizzles with some downtown residents."