Saturn missles! They come in batteries of 16 I think, they look like little plastic missles about the size of a cigarette. When you light the battery, they fly out with a high pitch scream (they go REALLY fast) and pop.
Large or tall almost always means a dud when it comes to fireworks. The short round or square ones are the best. I can't remember the names of all the good ones we've used over the years, but two that do come to mind are "Meteor Shower" and "Black Widow".
Too bad you are unluckly guys......We have a festival every year called Diwali which means "Festival of lights" .....The amount of fireworks we burn alone in my city(Hyderabad) is around 100 tonnes.....The feeling is great.......You dont see anything except for rockets and special custom made fireworks in the sky........I would say that you guys should come here(India) atleast once in your life to see this.......The festival is celebrated in the 2nd week of october.....
BTW,my favourite is the Whistling rocket and 7 stars........
6" mortar blasting out of a steel pipe. Great big boom and wonderful colors. Unfortunately, $22 each limits the number of those we get. The rest are 3" and 4", some 5" as well. The 4th is an expensive holiday for us, usually we spend between 600-700 dollars. It's worth it, we're on a private lake in Upstate NY and we put on a great show for all the neighbors. We've been doing it for 15 straight years, so we have plenty of practice and expertise. But, they're nothing to fool around with, serious business.
I had to get that out of my system. I am soooo happy with the way my town pulled off the fireworks this year, they rocked! The finale included a solid 45 seconds of non stop salutes. I was lying on the ground, feeling the thunder in my chest... sooo great!!!
BTW, salutes are the quick bright flashes and the HUGE thunderous booms.
Repair for Hotel room due to destruction (8" ground salute blew out the windows)-- $72.50
Also Chooie, I love salutes the best. I had 2 8" ground salutes (8" across diameter, about 2 1/2 feet tall. BIG firecracker ) and 40 16" aerial salutes (The commercial ones). Its really fun when you tape the hell out of the mortar before you shoot the aerial salutes. It makes the bang about twice as loud.