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Gov’t Firework Safety Video is Both Hilarious and Terrifying

PicMonkey Collage - Firework SafetyEven though fireworks are illegal for public use in many states across America, the Fourth of July always gets people in the mood to clean out the shelves, find bootlegs, and have their own spectacles around the barbecue.

However, before everyone gets crazy with their amateur pyrotechnics, the government wants to remind you that fireworks can have disastrous consequences when misused or improperly handled.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently held a safety demonstration on the National Mall in D.C., using mannequins to show everyone the do’s and don’ts (mostly the don’ts) when it comes to fireworks. The CPSC took a video of the event, and once it moves past the info-graphics and the safety tips from Chairman Elliot Kaye, the demonstrations range from hilarious to horrifying.

Gizmodo later took the video and edited it down to a quick montage that has circulated around the Internet since yesterday. The short version is now exclusively about mannequins and watermelons that are lit on fire, have the clothing burnt off of them, and even one mannequin that has its head blown off:

If there is any serious takeaway from these videos, it is to avoid any accidental fires or explosions by following Kaye’s three points: never relight a dud, have a source of water handy, and once you’re done with your firework fun, use that water to douse the rockets’ remains.

You can watch the complete video here:

[h/t The Verge]
[Image via screengrab]

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