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 atFireworksland.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.
Talk about an endangered species.Number 9: Auto joke bomb
Always a favorite with members of the Mafia.Continue to keep counting down our gallery of weird and/or offensive vintage fireworks.Number 8: Battle mines
A perfect way to keep the neighborhood kids on their toes.Number 7: White mule
It packs one helluva kick....Continue to keep counting down our gallery of weird and/or offensive vintage fireworks.Number 6: Firecracker cannon
Why shoot over people's heads when you can aim right at them?Number 5: Spark plug bombs
Continuing the hilarious theme of making drivers think their car is exploding.Continue to keep counting down our gallery of weird and/or offensive vintage fireworks.Number 4: Fireplane
Not recommended for people with a fear of flying.Number 3: Tire bombs
Flat tires have never been funnier!Continue to keep counting down our gallery of weird and/or offensive vintage fireworks.Number 2: Yowling Tiger
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Who doesn't love watching a majestic beast being ripped apart?Number 1: Smoking Sambo
An incredibly offensive sign of the times. At least whoever thought of this is ashes by now....
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."