Illegal Fireworks – The Simpsons

The Simpsons. Series 7. Episode 25. Illegal Fireworks.

Here, Homer goes into a small convenience store with the intention of buying some illegal fireworks.

This amusing look at the sale of illegal firework and although we appreciate the tongue in cheek comedy value of The Simpsons, particularly with its non PC approach to the majority of subjects, it is an issue which we are very conscious of.

Over 40% of all accidents concerning fireworks are from illegal ones. Now we know that most people today think that the Health and Safety Executive are just killjoys, the reality is that they prevent tens of thousands of potentially horrific accidents annually by investigating this issue in detail.

The advice is clear: buy from a reputable dealer, preferably one who sells them all year round and are clearly either BS7114 standard or CE marked to be sure of the safety of the product. Make sure you adhere to the safety instructions, particularly to the safety distances and if you have any questions, make sure you contact the supplier who should be able to answer any questions.

How to get a Robot to set off fireworks using LEGO NXT

Using a LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT, this video shows how to put up a safe fireworks show for the whole family.

Q. How can this robot can help people?

There has been a lot of concern lately about fireworks maiming and injuring the person igniting it and a few cases of fatalities.

This autonomous NXT robot will light multiple fireworks in a sequence – while the family sits back and watch the display!!

It uses a MINDSTORMS NXT, two light sensors (one for navigation and other to detect a lighted fuse) and an Ultrasonic detector (to adjust the torch arm height depending on the height of the fireworks fuse wire. It uses three motors – two for motion and the third for the torch arm elvator.

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