> > In this store you could buy any form of firearm from a Thomson machine gun
> > to a water pistol. We used to buy M80 'cherry bombs.' They were global in
> > shape and about an inch in diameter with an inch long 20 second fuse. When
> > they exploded they went off like a cannon.
> Well, there are cherry bombs (look like a cherry with
> a fuse) and there are M80s which (as you note) are
> considerably larger.
South of the Border sounds like a great place! ;) If I ever get out
that way I'll have to check it out.
When I was a kid (12 or 13) in West Virginia we used to get M80's and
blow up people's mailboxes and stuff with them. One of our favorite
pranks was to put one inside a hubcap on someone's car and blow it down
the street. This usually involved splicing a much longer fuse onto the
things. We also had great fun down in the creek with all of our plastic
models, M80's and gasoline. No wonder the things are banned in most if
not all states...
PS -- I still have both eyes and all my fingers!