Safely Ring In the New Year With an LED Fireworks Extravaganza

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It's ironic that one of the nights of the year when fireworks are the perfect way to celebrate is also the one night when you and your friends should not be messing with explosives. But with this LED fireworks kit, you can drink yourself silly and still safely put on quite a show when the clock strikes midnight.

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Instead of matches, six AA batteries are all that's needed to start the light show. And the five different cones (that look remarkably like real fireworks) are all triggered from a remote control box that lets you fire them individually, or in a preset pattern.

Illustration for article titled Safely Ring In the New Year With an LED Fireworks Extravaganza
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You won't get those satisfying chest-thumping bangs as the light show plays out, but the LEDs in each cone are able to create various colored patterns on a wall. And for just $40 you're guaranteeing you won't burn your house to the ground, and that you'll walk away from New Year's Eve with all ten fingers intact. [Hammacher Schlemmer via Fancy]

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A friend bought my 7 year old this set for Christmas. In the box it looked f'in sweet. Unpacked it was very underwhelming to me — though my 7 year old was still entertained. The cones are all just rolled cardboard, very flimsy. The light is very dim. The colors and patterns aren't nearly as distinct as pictured - all just throw up some reddish washes of color mostly.

While my kid is entertained for now, I give it about a month before they fall apart and/or he looses interest.

Edit — Oh, and the sound effects have a surprising amount of thump for a tiny AA powered box, but ultimately they sound a bit like someone plucking a door-stop spring in the next room. Constantly.

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