Wednesday, July 5, 2006

The Fourth

I hope everyone had a good holiday(those of us that live in the States).

Pat and I hung around the house working on getting the area ready for the pool. It was sprinkling so it made it cooler to work outside. After doing all we could outside we cleaned up and headed to Walmart. I needed some ice cream to take to the picnic/cook out we were invited to.

We found where we were going and ate until we were ready to pop! Afterwards fireworks started. Some of these were pretty big fireworks! Now I am leery of people shooting off fireworks having worked in ERs on the holidays in the past. I have seen too many accidents. Last night everything was going well even though my stomach and head kept telling me something was going to happen. And it did. One of the fireworks tipped over and shot one along the ground towards us. It went up the driveway where no one was at thank goodness. Another time one tipped over and a dummy kept trying to stand it up. It was one of those fountain types. I just knew his leg would catch on fire. The rest of the night went without incident. Then it started raining a bit and they started setting them off faster. It was a pretty good display of fireworks. THEN the horrifying thing happened that I was afraid of. One of the large fireworks split and started shooting them along the ground. One shot into the crowd about 5 feet from me. I could see it exploding and grabbed a little child and dived on top of Brook just as the second explosion hit. I would rather be burned myself than have a child burned. Unfortunately right where the first and second explosion happened 2 small children were standing. One was knocked down because it hit her right before the explosion. She only suffered 2 small burns on her chest. I saw it hit her but was not close enough and I did have my hands full. The other child has a few small blisters on her legs. People were hollaring and grabbing them but no one knew what to do. I grabbed one of them and hollared to dunk them in the tub. There was a tub filled with ice and melted ice. We got everybody calmed down and the crowd left.

Of course there is one idiot in every crowd. This one guy gets his picture phone out and takes a picture of the little girl with the burns on her chest. He says hey I got to get this. Not every day you see this happen. And he was laughing. I wanted to smack him so hard.

Not a good end to an otherwise good day.

12 comments:

  1. I was at a public display as a kid, and one of the explosives was a dud. It fell back to the ground in the middle of a crowd of people and then went off...My Mom and Dad were grabbing kids (all six of us) and we were running as we were dragged outta there.  I still do not know how the two of them, with only two hands each, grabbed six little people!  As we were leaving, the fire/aid people were running in...many, many of them.  I don't know how bad the injuries ewre, and I was too young to think about asking later, butit sure seemed bad...my parents never bought a single firework, or took us to a public show after that...Jae

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  2. ally123130585918July 5, 2006 at 3:20 PM

    Susan I cannot believe that idiot of a man wanting to take pictures of a little girls burns ~ I hope you hit him hard with something ~ glad otherwise you had a good 4th July ~ Ally

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  3. ally123130585918July 5, 2006 at 3:22 PM

    Celeste sorry I put Susan not Celeste please forive me for such a stupid mistake Ally xx

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  4. Hi Celeste,  That was quick thinking on your part when the fireworks exploded, well done for protecting Brook and the little girl.  I can`t believe that man took a photo of the poor little girl who was burned, what a horrible thing to do!  I hope your holiday went well up until then.

    Sandra xxxx

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  5. I wonder if it was really the burns he wanted a picture of - someone should have deleted his face along with the picture. Grrr.

    Nice save on the girls!

    xoxo

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  6. Super Celeste to the rescue! Way to go on having an eye out for the kids! Grab you're gun we'll go find that "photographer". Lol.

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  7. Yep always one idiot in every crowd. Glad the hurt wasn't any worse, it was bad enough. Paula

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  8. thegirlnexdoor77July 6, 2006 at 7:59 AM

    those guys are the ones you want to take your flip flop off and smack in the head and say what are you thinking....Hugs,TerryAnn

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  9. the guy with the camera phone was an idiot, I am a firm believer in karma or what comes a round goes around eventually...stupid jerk!

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  10. Our kids wonted to set off fireworks but hubby told them no its to dry and he didnt wont to have to hunt for the animals they scarried the next day. That didnt keep the kids across the street from shooting them at our places. Far as I know no one got hurt there. they scarry me when parents let kids play with them. I wished you had slaped the man with the camera phone!
    Terrie

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  11. WHAT KIND OF MORON WANTS A PICTURE OF A CHILD IN PAIN??? I WISH YOU HAD HIT HIM!
    I AM SO GLAD THAT BROOK WASN'T HURT . SHE HAS HAD ENOUGH PAIN THIS SUMMER..YOU ARE VERY BRAVE AND SMART CELESTE.
    LOVE YA,
    CARLENE

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  12. our town has a pretty big fire work display every year, one yr a few went out of control and hit a lady 3 blankets away from us!
    That guy was a jerk who took the picture! Some people!

    Sharon

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