Bang! Eid Al-Fitr and Deafening Firecrackers

By: Sahrudin – @SahrudinSaja

DOZEN teenagers alternately setting off firecrackers Monday (July 28, 2014) morning during Eid Al-Fitr (Idul Fitri) celebration in Dusun Seneng, Banyurojo, Mertoyudan, Magelang, Central Java.

Each time the fuse is lit, firecracker spontaneously exploded a few seconds later.

Standing a few meters away, people covering their ears with fingers, but they can still feel strong gust of wind from an exploding firecracker.

Small pieces of paper scattered around; sulfur smell white smoke filled the air.

In Magelang, and other places in Java Island, firecrackers, as well as other types of fireworks like sparklers and simple aerial shells, have been a habitual part that adding a “special” excitement to Eid Al-Fitr celebration.

No doubt, some people, especially the elderly or parents of babies truly hate the bangs of loud deafening firecrackers, while at the same time, others seem to love them, and flirting with danger — even the smallest of firecrackers can cause serious injuries.

But because most people encounter the risk of firecrackers only once a year, many of us do not realize how great that risk is… All we know is happy!

Those teens made their own beer-can-sized firecrackers, even bigger, using gunpowder consists of potassium nitrate, charcoal or carbon or sugar, and sulfur, wrapped in paper, with a fuse.

And when the fuse is lit, it burns down inside the paper until it reaches the powder. And… bang!!!***

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