On this Fourth of July holiday, remember that the country’s founding fathers didn’t risk life and liberty 232 years ago just so you could set off low-grade explosives in your backyard. They did it so you could watch a darkly, unintentionally hysterical little online movie of mannequins being demolished by misused fireworks.
This low-budget, slightly paranoid video was produced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to illustrate the many ways that fireworks can go wrong: A seemingly harmless sparkler sets your clothing on fire; an M-80 blows up your head. But when these dangers are repeatedly demonstrated on hapless mannequins (and the occasional hapless watermelon), the safety lesson becomes comedic — all that’s missing is the 1812 Overture, or maybe a saxophone playing the Benny Hill theme song. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to make sure you still have all your digits. Happy Independence Day!
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