Fireworks FINALLY return to Austin, Texas

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 Fireworks FINALLY return to Austin, Texas

It happened is a flash…literally…I heard the explosion and stared at my hand, shocked out of my eleven-year-old mind. I had just touched the smoldering punk to the end of the fuse before tossing the firecracker away, but…instead of the familiar sizzle as the sparks made their way to the gunpowder packed cylinder, it immediately exploded... Zip---BOOM! I was frightened as my hand began to go numb while still throbbing in pain. Checking first to make sure I still had all my fingers, I then quickly looked around to see if anyone had noticed the mishap. My Dad was in our station wagon, going over some some paperwork and my brother was busily setting off fireworks in a large red ant bed nearby. It took everything I could muster to keep from bursting into tears from both the shock and the rapidly mounting pain. Here’s the deal, there was no way I was going to tell anyone about the accident because I figured it would mean instant banishment from setting off any more fireworks…probably until I was at least 35 year old. Whether that was a realistic fear or not, I wasn’t about to take any chances! In fact, think I was around thirty-five years of age before I finally told him about it and he was not the least bit surprised!

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My brother, Mark Lewis and I have had a life long attachment to fireworks (some would call it an obsession) and to building fires in general. It’s probably some sort of primal throwback and I have observed the same fascination in the most unassuming men and sometimes, even some women pyrotechnic types. Though truthfully blowing stuff up is still primarily a boys pastime and no matter what age, that part of the “boy” is probably with men forever, along with a plethora of other maddening behaviors that keep our better halves constantly wondering when the heck we are actually going to grow up! At one time my brother and I seriously explored investing in a chain of fireworks stands but our father, who obviously knew much better told us it would be like having a couple of winos open a liquor store. Fortunately, his wisdom prevailed but we are still extremely serious fans in the amateur sense! And, I can verify that we both are known to spend our extra birthday and/or Christmas cash on a trip to a local fireworks emporium!

Unfortunately for all fans of fireworks, during 2011, almost all of Texas has suffered through a long and incredibly serious drought resulting in massive crop, stock and wildlife losses along with the worst wild fires in the recent history of the state. This past summer we were especially hard hit with the loss of over 1,300 homes in areas near and around Austin, primarily Bastrop. Of course this also resulted in the cancellation of many July 4th fireworks shows along with the banning of all sales of fireworks in many counties throughout Texas. However this December, I have GREAT NEWS. Central has been blessed with a large amount of rainfall in the last month so Austin's 2011 New Year's Event at Auditorium Shores is ON! Click the link for all the info! Also, fireworks stands are open all over and sales are reported to be brisk. I was driving to Houston yesterday and the irony was not lost on me when I even spotted a number of Fireworks Stands around Bastrop with the burned out acreage looming in the background…So, for those of you interested here is a map Austin locations where you can buy fireworks! That said, I am also including a link to The National Council on Fireworks Safety because no one wants the buzz-kill of some ridiculous fireworks mishaps!

PLEASE REMEMBER to use and detonate you fireworks RESPONSIBLY and SAFELY!

So that we can do it all again, NEXT YEAR!

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Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Hi Russell, see your mom was right. Little boys should not be playing with fireworks, too dangerous! My grandson got a burn this year from a sparkler. Jeesh      

Dec 31, 2011 06:04 PM #28
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Beautiful photo Russell, who doesn't like fireworks?

Congrats on the feature too.

Dec 31, 2011 09:15 PM #29
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Best wishes
for health, happiness, peace, and prosperity
in the new year and beyond!

Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2011 11:00 PM #30
Sue Ellett
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate ~ Paragon Property Group - Marble Falls, TX
Marble Falls, & Austin, TX, Lake Travis, Lake LBJ

Happy New Year and hurrah for fireworks.  The best part is that means that we have actually been getting rain here in Austin, much needed.  Now if Lake Travis will only fill back up to more normal levels....

Jan 01, 2012 01:40 AM #31
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

Happy New Year Everyone! I am going to bookmark this space for replies later today!

Jan 01, 2012 02:36 AM #32
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

We just this year in Sioux Falls started to sell fireworks for around the new year. They were just saying on the news that it did not go over near as well as had been expected. I for one am glad about that because it is very dry this year! We had a brown Christmas and and brown new year!

Jan 01, 2012 04:56 AM #33

Hey Russell, I just stopped by to wish you a Happy New Year! You should post something about the pyrotechnics of the back yard shows on 37th street...someday ;-)

Jan 01, 2012 09:10 AM #34
C. Lloyd McKenzie
Albuquerque, NM
Living Albuquerque

Good Evening Russel:

Just stopping by to extend New Year wishes to you.  Best wishes to you and your family.  May 2012 be year of renewed efforts and great successes.  Blessings!

BTW that was an awesome photo of the fireworks over Austin!

Jan 01, 2012 12:20 PM #35
Joni Bailey
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®
New Years Eve was just me, the hubby, and my 80 year old mother. We still did fireworks! EVERYONE did! We gas them going off all around us! I guess because we couldn't do them at 4th of July. It was spectacular!! :))) Thank you for subscribing to my blog!!
Jan 02, 2012 07:37 AM #36
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

I never got into the whole fireworks thing. Too noisy. I was more interesting in being inside practicing the piano.

Jan 02, 2012 12:34 PM #37
Heather Tawes Nelson
Realty ONE Group - Scottsdale, AZ
Associate Broker, ABR, CLHMS, CRS - Scottsdale, AZ

Hi Russell, 

I love a good fireworks display put on by professionals. Personally, I stick to the "starter" ones like sprinklers. ;)

Happy New Year!

Jan 03, 2012 06:43 AM #38
Melissa Brown
Helen Adams Realty - Charlotte, NC
Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale

Russell, what a great story and perfect way to announce the revival of fireworks in Austin!  My husband is a fire-starter too, so I recognized a kindred spirit in your post.  Great writing!

Jan 05, 2012 12:28 PM #39
Scott Harvey
Austin, TX

The story about you mishap is actually funny and I imagine that you and your brother are still rather jubilant when fireworks season rolls around twice a year in Texas!

Jan 06, 2012 01:37 AM #40
Betina Foreman
WJK Realty - Austin, TX
Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY

Dear Russell,

I am not surprised to hear you experienced a fireworks mishap so long ago. I am glad it did not scar you for life. I'm sure the fireworks today are more reliable than when we were children. If the burn ban has you feeling blue, just come to my house in Shady Hollow and I am sure we can accommodate you. Since we are just outside the city limits by 1/4 mile there are always fireworks on every potential occasion. Happy New Year my friend!


Jan 06, 2012 05:20 AM #41
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Russell ~ I'm glad to find out that your hand wasn't permanently damaged lighting firecrackers when you were a youngster!  Your photo of Austin fireworks is specatcular -- glad to hear they're back on display again.

Jan 09, 2012 05:33 PM #42
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

YAY!  Glad to hear  that the rain and fireworks are back in Texas Russell.  I think I know how badly your 11 year old hand must have hurt because I had a similar experience...then there was the M80 that my friend and I lit and through on the ground just inches from our feet!  Geeez, it's miracle we survive!

Jan 11, 2012 12:13 PM #43
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Russell, you are still a little boy at heart...I am also glad that fireworks are back in Texas...

Jan 12, 2012 06:21 PM #44
Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC

Russell, I am glad you got enough rain to make fireworks possible.  I don't share your enthusiasm but I raised a guy who does.  Despite mishaps as a child and adult, he continues to put on great displays and hasn't landed in jail or the hospital yet. 

Jan 13, 2012 04:27 PM #45
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

oo my goodness that is very scary, but good all ended pretty much on a positive note, nothing permanent.  I personally stay clear of handling those brother on the other hand hahaha. love the photo by the way :)

Jan 22, 2012 11:12 PM #46
Renée Donohue
Savvy Home Strategies Realty, LLC-REALTOR®-Estate-Probate - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate Broker -

I bet this long awaited event was nothing short of spectacular!

Jan 28, 2012 03:45 AM #47
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