In 1996, the Clinton administration taught a lesson in fireworks safety that will never be forgotten — mostly because the dated piece has been elevated to legendary status, like a B-movie that somehow becomes a classic film.
The chair of President Clinton's Consumer Product Safety Commission, Ann Brown, stood on the National Mall surrounded by dolls and mannequins that were subsequently burned or blown up to show the dangers of fireworks.
A sparkler is lit that starts a fire on a dolls dress, which quickly burns.
Bottle rockets are set in the pants pocket of a mannequin. A dummy's hand is blown up with an M-80. And a mannequin teenager is blown to bits by a quarter stick of dynamite.