We must have developed the technology that would allow us to autopilot one of those things to a safe exploding distance by now. Or barring that, just let a one-percenter pay millions of dollars for the honor of being the one selected to provide this great nation with the ultimate entertainment. They're no strangers to paying handsomely for the glimmer of hope that they'll one day fly in something that's almost guaranteed to catastrophically explode mid-flight.
Mexican Fireworks Stand Becomes Instant Michael Bay Film
At a fireworks factory or storage facility, the rules of operation should ideally dictate that you put some space between things to help keep all of it from exploding at the same time in the event of a fire. That's why disasters like the aforementioned Kolding explosion unfold over several minutes, with a few different massive explosions in between. You have no such luxury when running a fireworks tent at an open air pyrotechnics market in Mexico.
So when things go wrong, it looks like this almost immediately.
Not long after, you have a full-on Michael Bay movie on your hands.
If there's any semblance of a silver lining to be found in this blockbuster-esque disaster, it's that this dog got away safe ...
YouTube Goooooood puppy!
... and there were firetrucks nearby.
YouTube Goooooood luck!
Granted, they didn't arrive in time to keep what looks like a portal to hell from opening ...
YouTube See you there, all the bottle rockets!
... but still, shout out for being on hand. Again, because of the densely packed nature of the market where this tent was located, it didn't take long for everything around it to explode as well. To appreciate just how large of an area we're talking, have a look at this aerial shot of the disaster.
YouTube This is why your fireworks were more expensive that one year.
Apparently, the fire was ignited when a customer fired a rocket into a pile of other fireworks, because who wouldn't be curious to see what happens when you do that? Surprisingly and fortunately, no one died, but in all, 100 people were injured, 23 cars were damaged, and all 300 stalls at the market were destroyed. So it should still serve as a stark warning of the dangers of firing fireworks into piles of other fireworks. I also sincerely hope you didn't actually need that warning.
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