Shooting off fireworks is a part of New Year’s Eve, sending up a hope that the next year will be better than the last one. It is illegal to shoot off fireworks other than ground works within the city limits of Pensacola. Stray shots can start a fire in the pine straw and leaves that accumulates this time of year.
Another form of firework is a Tish. A Tish is named for the noise that it makes. To make a Tish, you will need:
- Plastic rings from a six pack
- Double clothes line
- Clothes pins
- White sheet
- Plastic bucket
- Lighter or match
The first step is to figure out how to cut the plastic six pack rings into one long strip. A suggestion can be found in the picture. Cut on the red marks, and make the rings into an M that will stretch out into one long ribbon. Different products use different types of rings, so vary the suggestion to fit the product you have. There are no right or wrong answers to this problem.
Wait until it gets dark. Make sure it isn’t windy. Assemble the Tish by pinning one end of the plastic strip to a clothes line. Pin a white sheet onto another clothesline that runs parallel, about a foot or so away from the other line. The sheet is optional, but it creates shadows and glows that add to the fun.
Find a thin plastic bucket like the kind ice cream comes in, or the thin ones purchased for mopping the floor. Do not use the type of bucket that plaster “mud” comes in because it is opaque. The bucket should allow some of the light to go through it.
Fill the bucket about half full of water. Position the bucket under the plastic strip.
Turn off all the outdoor lights. Light the plastic strip with a match or lighter. Sit on the sheet side of the display. As the plastic burns, it will drip into the bucket. When it hits the water, the bucket will glow and the plastic will make a noise.
When the flames get too close to the clothes line, unclip the plastic strip and let it fall into the water.