I usually do some sort of flammable project for the 4th of July. Last year
I fused together a bunch of smaller fireworks to make more um... interesting ones. This year I wanted to try an idea I've had for a while. To make a giant fake cake and fill it with fireworks.
I'm not sure why this idea has always appealed to me. Obviously theres some sort of childhood trauma I still need to work through. Regardless, a trip to the local home improvement store provided the necessary materials - cardboard cement molds/tubes for the cake layers, some blank signs, a little duct tape, hot glue, tiny flags, and some spackle for frosting.
The pictures do a better job than I can of describing how to build it. I think it tuned out pretty good! At least the cake did.... as for the fireworks, it was kind of a wash. The original plan was for it to start at the top, then go down layer by layer to the bottom, then back up again. It was fused to pause slightly between layers and coordinate a few things then culminate in a finale where the entire top layer would basically blow off and go nuts. It should have lasted about 6 or 7 minutes and have been paced based on what I've learned in the last few years of doing this sort of thing.
What actually happened is that the the finale caught fire almost immediately and the whole thing went up in a giant exploding mess in about 2 minutes. It was certainly impressive - you can see Tara starting to back off in the video as it really gets going, but it wasn't quite what I had in mind. I'll have to give it another shot at new years or something. Till then maybe the pics and videos will inspire someone else build a giant firework cake of their own?