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One afternoon 28 Jan 2009 16:59 #1

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I had found a 10 yrs old, 12 gauge marine flare in the locker of my boat. It was water damaged and slightly swollen. The brass base was green. Not expecting much, I thought I would shoot it down into the lawn in my back yard. Pop, the flare went off and much to my surprise, a fiery red ball bounced across the lawn and lodged itself into my wooden fence. The Ivy on the fence caught fire. I sprinted across the yard with the garden hose. Even in the direct blast of the garden hose, the darn flare wouldn't go out,. The neighbors started coming out just as the flare petered out. "it's OK, OK, I've got it in control!" The neighbors weren't so sure about the sizable mushroom cloud rising over my house. Dooh!:p

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One afternoon 28 Jan 2009 17:27 #2

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Similar experience with old flares - details here http://www.baylinerownersclub.org/forum/showthread.php?t=25469
however I didn't threaten to burn down entire neighbourhoods! ;)

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One afternoon 28 Jan 2009 17:59 #3

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Monterey10;249612 wrote: Pop, the flare went off and much to my surprise, a fiery red ball bounced across the lawn and lodged itself into my wooden fence. The Ivy on the fence caught fire. I sprinted across the yard with the garden hose. Even in the direct blast of the garden hose, the darn flare wouldn't go out,.

Wow! I guess after you get things under control and no one gets hurt, this is a pretty funny visual. :)
Glad everything turned out OK.

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One afternoon 28 Jan 2009 18:01 #4

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Not many posts make me laugh out loud - but this one did.

It reminds me of the time about 15 years ago when we were setting off fireworks in a wheelbarrow full of sand in our driveway. One of them fell over, halfway through its duration, and shot a fireball directly into my open garage with 2 cars in it. But the funniest part was the neighbour lady sitting in my driveway in a lawn chair - it shot directly between her feet and continued into the garage. No harm done, but it could have been a disaster on about 10 levels!! And I bet that lady saw her life flash before her eyes at that moment.

Good thing she wasn't in a skirt ;)

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One afternoon 28 Jan 2009 19:16 #5

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I just spit root beer on my computer.

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One afternoon 28 Jan 2009 20:26 #6

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Craig,
Thanks for reviving the old posts - good reading, and great writing! We'll be over in the bay/delta this year, hope to meet up with you and possibly make one of the raft-ups.

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