He lit the fuse and then frantically cranked the window knob to toss them out within the second or two before they started exploding. (Yes, cars used to actually have things you had to crank to raise or lower the windows which required moving more than your pinkie finger. Amazing, but true.)
Only there was one tiny detail he'd overlooked; the window was already down. So he'd lit the pack of firecrackers, quickly cranked the window UP, tossed the fireworks against the now closed window, which resulted in them falling into his lap and blowing up in a deafening blizzard of bits of paper and sulfurous smoke.
He didn't get hurt as I recall, but I'm sure that the occupants of the car were half-deaf for a few days. So remember kids, check that window BEFORE you light the explosives.
Here's a few shots from the "Red, White, & Boom" fireworks shoot between Rock Island & Davenport on the 3rd. They followed a dramatic come from behind win by the Swing over the Clinton Lumberkings in the bottom of the 9th at John O'Donnell stadium.
As always, click on image to view larger.
The display was over the river with the soon to be no more Rock Island Armory in the background.
And if I have to listen to that nauseatingly insipid Lee Greenwood song one more time I'm going to hurl.
...and the rockets red glaaaaaaaaare.
Smoke billows from the launching barge below a riot of exploding colors.
...and the sky glimmers with color before fading to black.
And of course, you can't stand within a mile of the Centennial Bridge with a camera and not take at least one shot of it.