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Two days before New Years, all the Dutch folks get all excited and prepare themselves for the big event by going out and purchasing tons of fireworks. Per year more than tens of millions if not billions of euros are shot off into the night sky. This is a tradition that dates back many many years, and each year as a parent I find it extremely difficult with which to deal. There are always articles and news reports of people getting their hands blown off, losing one or both eyes, even a couple poor fools who get themselves killed. Of course, tradition with this family dictates that the father drive out to the fireworks store towards Haastrecht so that each and every child can personally pick out his or her favorite collection. Now all the kids of the neighborhood are outside tossing fire-crackers around, sometimes an explosion high in the air, it almost sounds like there is a war going on some place. The best I can do I guess is just trust my children to use their common sense and be very careful. The two smallest kids have grown up and refuse to buy those nice kids packets with sparklers and stuff, and now they prefer the hard-core big kid explosions. Oh dear, I will just have to cross my fingers and hope for the best. New Years is a time of looking back and celebrating the future which is still to come.

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I live in Oregon where we have no good fireworks. I was lucky enough to be in the Netherlands for New Years 2001. I love fireworks and I love the Netherlands and the people there. I went to Mexico however and found that they have no restrictions on fireworks. I couuld purchase eight inch shells for twenty euros, four foot rockets that explode with about three eights the power of a stick of dyanamite for an unbelievable price. I shot 72 of them all at once, it woke up the whole town. I would like to start a business to have fireworks enthusiasts from all over the world but especially the Dutch people to come to Mexico and enjoy fireworks that are literally out of this world.

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