“The Big Bang-The Truth”
If you are reading this thinking, you will find something scientific- Stop! If youare searching for an explanation of how the Earth was formed, you are in thewrong place. If you want the truth about a summer night in the sixties when therewas a “Big Bang”, then read on friends. You have come to the right place.This event in my life took place on July 4, 1969. Well 1969 is as close as I can getto the year. Those who were involved will remember the time if not the year theevent took place.We began on the patio of Susan’s grandmother on N. Pearl St. in Trenton, Texas.It was after dark and we had celebrated the fourth by shooting off some bottlerockets, Roman Candles and some firecrackers. We had run out of everythingexcept for one package of Blackcat Firecrackers. I don’t know how much thought,if any, was put into this idea. The plan was to un-wrap the one hundred-count package of firecrackers and empty the contents into the already fired RomanCandle. This was going to be the biggest firecracker ever assembled.As Susan and I were working on the firecracker, her cousin, Rob Washburn,sometimes joined us. Rob came out for a smoke and to check on our progress. Hewould stay long enough to un-wrap about ten Blackcats, then go back inside towatch television. He didn’t think “our” plan would work. That didn’t matter to us,we just went right on working, one firecracker at a time. It was the same old thing,un-wrap a firecracker, pour the contents into the candle and reach for another.This little project was going to rival the nights when Lewis Trusty or his brother,Larry, would bring one of the Smoke Hand Grenades to the square, pull the pin,and then throw it down the square. We would watch as the smoke filled the nightair with different colors of smoke. I don’t think we ever gave any thought as towhat these things were intended to do in real life. Lewis would bring some of themhome with him from his weekends with the National Guard. They were just toysfor us and each of us enjoyed playing with them as they meant nothing. Lewisnever told us what the different colors meant. I found that out later in my life.This night was going to be one our friends would remember for a long time! I wasgoing to be the star of the show. There would be some noise instead of just the pulling of the pin, throwing some object down the blacktop and watching smokefill the air. This night would have some sound added, if the plan worked! That wasthe key to the plan- would it work?We spent several hours un-wrapping and then pouring the powder into the candle.There was no big hurry as I was going to wait until mid-night to light the fuse. Aswe poured the black powder into the cylinder, I would take the stick from a dud bottle rocket and pack the powder down making sure it was tightly packed.