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The Big Bang - The Truth

The Big Bang - The Truth

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Published by David1949
This is not what you think. This is a story of a giant firecracker made on the patio from the burned out shell of a Roman Candle filled with the powder from one hundred "Blackcat" firecrackers. This is the truth about the "The Big Bang" and not just a theory. I tell you the facts behind the big bang that you never knew. I will reveal to you things about the big bang nobody else will tell you. What you will read is known only to a select few people and I am willing to share what I know. Think about it before you read the story. Do you really want to know the truth about the big bang? Can you handle the truth about the big bang? If your answer is yes, then welcome to the secrets of my world. This is not about what you think. My Big Bang was a huge "firecracker" made from a burned out Roman Candle. This tory has nothing to do withthe beginning of our universe. It is a story of what a young adult can do with black powder in the wrong hands!
This is not what you think. This is a story of a giant firecracker made on the patio from the burned out shell of a Roman Candle filled with the powder from one hundred "Blackcat" firecrackers. This is the truth about the "The Big Bang" and not just a theory. I tell you the facts behind the big bang that you never knew. I will reveal to you things about the big bang nobody else will tell you. What you will read is known only to a select few people and I am willing to share what I know. Think about it before you read the story. Do you really want to know the truth about the big bang? Can you handle the truth about the big bang? If your answer is yes, then welcome to the secrets of my world. This is not about what you think. My Big Bang was a huge "firecracker" made from a burned out Roman Candle. This tory has nothing to do withthe beginning of our universe. It is a story of what a young adult can do with black powder in the wrong hands!

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“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.
 
When the candle was at about half filled, I took out my Old Timer pocketknife, purchased years before from Charlie Richardson at Y. B. Reed’s Hardware Store,and “drilled” a hole for the fuse. The fuse would consist of several of the fusesfrom the emptied firecrackers wound together to make one very long fuse. I neededtime to run after I lit that fuse!Finally, the firecrackers were all peeled and emptied into the Roman candle andfor the final steps in making this giant; I put some of the waste paper from thefirecrackers in the open end. I then packed everything as tight as possible. Withtwo of the fuses already installed, I then took about ten more and wound them intothe giant firecracker. It was finished and ready to fire! Now for the hard part of making this thing: the wait! I had to wait until just before midnight before I couldtest this beast. Susan, Rob, her uncle, O.C. Robinson and I spent some time talkingabout this plan. O.C. had experience with dynamite and offered his advice. Thatwas some advice I should have taken. O.C. said it was going to be loud. He said itwas going to be a real bomb. One hundred Blackcat firecrackers in a hollowRoman Candle could not be that bad.It was now time for me to leave there and head for the square. I don’t know whywe always called it the square when it was actually a rectangle. I guess it was because we only used half of it for our games and such. I got there about tenminutes before midnight, which gave me enough time to display the firecracker.There was a crowd already waiting. I proudly showed the thing around toeveryone. I think everyone had something to say about if it would work. It wasabout 50/50. I was somewhere about 90% sure because of what O.C. had told us.Around two minutes until midnight I made my way to the center of the square.That put me somewhere in the middle of the square, about thirty feet from the bank and the same distance to the cars parked on the east end of the square. I laid thefirecracker down and took out my Zippo lighter, lit a Winston and began thecountdown. It was time! I put the Winston’s red glow to the wound together fusesand after seeing the sparks shooting from them, I began to run.I ran back to my ’57 Chevy, dove head first onto the hood, sliding up to thewindshield. I lay with my back against the windshield with my head restingcomfortably in my hands for a pillow. All the time, watching, waiting and hopingthat this thing created just hours before would give something to talk about for afew days.The fuses burned together as planned. The sparks drew closer and closer to the body of “my fourth of July firecracker.” Everyone was either standing or sitting onthe fenders of their cars watching and waiting with the same anticipation as me.Then, just before the clock hit the midnight hour, the sparks hit home. Then andonly then did I realize the magnitude of what we had created.

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Brenda, thanks for the comment. Sorry it took me so long to respond to your comment. I haven't been on Scribd in quite a while.
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