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
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      

January 01, 2012 02:04 AM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366

Beautiful photo Russell, who doesn't like fireworks?

Congrats on the feature too.

January 01, 2012 05:15 AM
Anonymous #30

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

Happy New Year!

January 01, 2012 07:00 AM
Sue Ellett
Marble Falls, & Austin, TX, Lake Travis, Lake LBJ
Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS (Paragon Property Group)

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....

January 01, 2012 09:40 AM
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate

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

January 01, 2012 10:36 AM
Rosalie Evans
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale
Meritus Group Real Estate

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!

January 01, 2012 12:56 PM
Anonymous #34

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 ;-)

January 01, 2012 05:10 PM
C. Lloyd McKenzie
MBA - Prudential Allstar Realtors -
Prudential Allstar Realtors

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!

January 01, 2012 08:20 PM
Joni Staples
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties
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!!
January 02, 2012 03:37 PM
Jim Frimmer
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist
HomeSmart Realty West

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

January 02, 2012 08:34 PM
Heather Tawes Nelson
Associate Broker, ABR, CLHMS, CRS - Scottsdale, AZ
Realty ONE Group

Hi Russell, 

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

Happy New Year!

January 03, 2012 02:43 PM
Melissa Brown
Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale
Savvy + Co Real Estate

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!

January 05, 2012 08:28 PM
Scott Harvey

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!

January 06, 2012 09:37 AM
Betina Foreman
Realtor, C.N.E. Selling Homes in Lake Travis & Central Austin!
512-771-6318 Austin Home Girls 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!


January 06, 2012 01:20 PM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR

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.

January 10, 2012 01:33 AM
Mary Douglas
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
United Country Ponderosa Realty

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!

January 11, 2012 08:13 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County
Coldwell Banker Stuart & Watts Real Estate

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

January 13, 2012 02:21 AM
Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC
Phoenix AZ Horse Property

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. 

January 14, 2012 12:27 AM
Laura Cerrano
Authentic Feng Shui Expert
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island

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 :)

January 23, 2012 07:12 AM
Renée Burrows
Las Vegas Real Estate Broker -
Savvy Home Strategies Realty, LLC-REALTOR®-Estate-Probate

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

January 28, 2012 11:45 AM
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