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1A loud, explosive firework, typically wrapped in paper and lit with a fuse.
- ‘No fatalities or injuries were reported following the explosion, which was reportedly caused by firecrackers placed inside an empty energy-drink bottle.’
- ‘Seemingly innocuous sparklers, firecrackers and bottle rockets exact a toll of pain and suffering on thousands of Americans each year.’
- ‘On Christmas Eve, Christmas night and, to some extent, on the nights preceding these, several areas were plagued by the noise of firecrackers and occasional larger fireworks.’
- ‘As the boat drifted away from the shore, a loud crackle and pop of firecrackers filled the air - we were told it was a Thai custom to drive the evil spirits away, and that Lord Buddha would protect the boat throughout our trip.’
- ‘We raided the place and found hundreds of packages containing explosives and firecrackers.’
- ‘Dennis also bought thirty to forty dollars' worth of fireworks, everything from firecrackers to some really serious-looking rockets.’
- ‘Three warehouses containing explosive materials, gas cylinders and powerful firecrackers were completely destroyed.’
- ‘In recent years, the Chinese government has clamped down on firecrackers and fireworks in the cities because of fire hazards.’
- ‘They suddenly heard a loud cheering, and possibly a firecracker.’
- ‘Fireworks and firecrackers are being sold even by informal traders at the Yeoville market.’
- ‘The Tribunal heard the device was constructed out of firecrackers and a pipe but was not a genuine explosive.’
- ‘To well-off businessmen, the lighting of firecrackers and fireworks, to this day, symbolizes their expectation of wealth for the coming year.’
- ‘The sparkler demonstrates how to get bright, sparkling light from a firework, and the firecracker shows how to create an explosion.’
- ‘Explosions of firecrackers signaled the end of the half-day ceremony.’
- ‘Bottle rockets, firecrackers, and Roman candles are illegal in Iowa, yet some people purchase these items out-of-state and light them at home or at family gatherings or parties.’
- ‘We lit off so many bottle rockets and firecrackers that we had the girls running for cover.’
- ‘I used to buy seven sacks of dates and numerous boxes of firecrackers and fireworks.’
- ‘Among the dead were seven people trapped in houses set alight when a firecracker ignited a stack of fireworks.’
- ‘All around us, Berliners were lighting off fireworks, firecrackers, noisemakers and rockets, and none too cautiously.’
- ‘In the evening, every house, store, temple and wall is decorated with thousands of small lamps, while fireworks are set off overhead and firecrackers by the hundreds of thousands below.’
- 1.1 An outstanding, exciting, or attractive person or thing.‘the book was hardly a literary firecracker’
- ‘If I had to chose one word to describe the broadcast legend, I would say he's a real firecracker.’
- ‘People cant believe she's almost 78 years old, because she's still such a firecracker!’
- ‘I wish there'd been more people like her in my own family, more loud little firecrackers who gave us all a run for our money.’
- ‘What a firecracker she is!’
- ‘I have a beautiful, wonderful, firecracker of a daughter.’
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