Published July 02, 2004
PLATTSMOUTH, Neb. – Some Americans this Fourth of July (search) plan to get a bang out of blowing Usama bin Laden's head off.
The bin Laden Noggin (search), a cone-shaped pyrotechnic device with a cartoon of bin Laden's face, has been a hot seller at some fireworks stores around the country. When lit, the bin Laden cone erupts in blood-red flames and screeches for 60 seconds. Two shots blow his head off.
Another hot seller in some places: Game Over, a package of three artillery shots decorated like bin Laden, Saddam and Gadhafi in striped jail uniforms.
Both sets of fireworks are made in China.
Suzi Hoffman, whose husband returned home in May after spending eight months working as an electrician in Baghdad, got a kick out of the terrorists' heads while shopping for fireworks in suburban Omaha.
"I thought they should have shot Saddam in the head when they found him," she said. "So, this is a great way to get your aggression out."
Lisa Myer of Papillion was appalled when she heard about the fireworks while shopping for smoke bombs and sparklers for her son.
"What are we trying to teach our children?" she asked.