The Fourth of July is a time to proudly reflect on America's history. Specifically, our history of getting highly intoxicated and handling deadly explosives in the most irresponsible ways possible.

Here are 10 of our favorite examples of people nearly blowing themselves into very stupid pieces, all in the name of patriotism. Or something.


Somehow these people got a job at an actual fireworks factory.


Okay, they're Russian, but stupid enough to be American.


We'll take the deafening blast of an improperly detonated firework over the sound of a car alarm any day.

Sources: urlesque