Lessons from History: The Mad Bomber Fireworks Disaster


July 3, 1997, 9:30 p.m.: Mad Bomber Productions is staging its July 4 fireworks display from barges in the Mississippi River near Alton, Illinois. The crew prepares a rapid succession launch of 8-inch shells from 7 side-by-side mortars. The shell from mortar 3 turns out to be a “low blow” that arcs only 10 feet […]

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