Nearly blown up by fireworks

Trip Start Aug 07, 2008
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Trip End Oct 25, 2008


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Friday, August 15, 2008

So, the fiesta was interesting. There were lots of people gathered in the square by 6pm, already dusk, and suddenly a really loud air-raid siren siren sounds, the church bells start ringing and fireworks start. They arent the normal colourful fireworks, theyre basically all about noise, a loud explosion and a flash of light. This and people running for cover under trees, awnings, anything else made it feel like the middle of a battle in a war. In fact, the people doing the fireworks looked like they were dropping mortar shells into mortars and then running away - just like in a war. So that finished, and then some people strapped a wooden frame to their backs, which contained flares and small fireworks on them and started chasing people in the square. Then every 10 seconds or so, it let off a big firework which spiralled out of control in any direction - including towards people! This continued for about 10 minutes or so, I didnŽt see anyone get hurt, they all got out of the way in time, maybe the fireworks wouldnt be so powerful anyway, but everyone, even the locals, seemed pretty scared.

So that finished, and we were expecting a parade or something involving the well made Maria and other statues, but it didnt happen, everyone dispersed, so I went for a meal with some of the European friends iŽve made here. More people were out when weŽd finished by 10pm, and there was more of a party atmosphere. There were then more fireworks at midnight, 6am, midday, and soon again at 6pm im promised

Got to go, gonna look for a new backpack!

PS. Some more photos on      http://www.flickr.com/photos/27487224@N00/    its easier to upload to
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