fire·​crack·​er | \ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌkra-kər \

Definition of firecracker 

: a usually paper cylinder containing an explosive and a fuse and set off to make a noise

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Flowers were distributed and children played with firecrackers while the Young Socialist Alliance hosted a peaceful rally and spoke about the Vietnam war and the new French government. Marissa Vonesh, Smithsonian, "How the Fourth of July Was Celebrated (and Protested) in 1968," 3 July 2018 Those injuries weren't necessarily caused by non-consumer fireworks: 41 percent were caused by sparklers, firecrackers, Roman candles, and bottle rockets. Gabe Hauari, The Courier-Journal, "Can I shoot fireworks in Louisville? Your July 4 questions answered," 28 June 2018 And in Central Florida on April 8, 11 people were hurt, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, when thieves used firecrackers at the Florida Mall to simulate gunshots. Doug Phillips,, "Fireworks distraction thieves hit jewelry store in Dadeland Mall," 16 Apr. 2018 Every year, thousands of people show up at hospital emergency rooms with injuries from firecrackers or even sparklers. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Don’t have a blast on the Fourth," 1 July 2018 He and Little Richard are like 10,000 firecrackers going off all at the same time. L. Kent Wolgamott, sacbee, "This is what happens when the president adds your song to his playlist | The Sacramento Bee," 30 Mar. 2018 In addition to Freyne’s favored fish and chips, firecracker shrimp served on a bed of rice noodles is a popular dish. Philip Potempa, Daily Southtown, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Tribes Alehouse in Tinley Park," 11 July 2018 According to postings on his Facebook page, John Legrand Murray, who has also performed as John Fletcher, is planning to don his firecracker suit on Aug. 4 during Maritime Days in Marine City. Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, "Human firecracker coming out of retirement for Marine City show," 7 July 2018 Other strategies, such as constructing barriers, shooting the animals with rubber buckshot and scaring them with firecrackers, have had little effect. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "To protect salmon in the Columbia, will we have to kill more sea lions?," 6 July 2018

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1823, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of firecracker

: a small paper cylinder that is filled with an explosive and that produces a loud noise when it explodes


fire·​crack·​er | \ˈfīr-ˌkra-kər \

Kids Definition of firecracker

: a paper tube containing an explosive to be set off for amusement

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