08/09/2005: For the Pyromanics in all of us...
"Just about everyone loves fireworks and for fans, there's only one place to be for the next few days the Northern Iowa Fairgrounds at Mason City, Iowa.
That's where the Pyrotechnic Guild International is holding its annual convention. Tens of thousands of people will be on hand to see contestants shoot off the world's best fireworks as they compete for the title of grand master.
While a lot of fun, the purpose of the gathering is to promote the design and safe display of the finest quality pyrotechnics. The Guild's emblem is the "Green Man," going back to the 17th century, when the person shooting off fireworks covered himself in a coating of fresh leaves for protection.
Each year, the U.S. imports some 173-million dollars worth of fireworks, most of them from China.
Courtesy of US News Wire
Karen on 08.09.05 @ 07:02 AM CST