No, they're not for a belated Fourth of July or Bastille Day celebration, they're for Hunter S. Thompson's "last hurrah":
Hunter S. Thompson has been granted his final wish and will go out with a bang.
A very big bang.
On Saturday, the self-styled king of gonzo journalism will have a final send-off when his ashes will be dispersed in a fireworks display above his estate in Woody Creek, Colo.
And Zambelli Fireworks Internationale, based in New Castle, has been tapped to be the late author's pyrotechnic pallbearers.
"We have never had a request such as this one in our company's history," said Marcy Zambelli, chief executive officer of Zambelli Fireworks. "But we respect the request of the family and have actually custom engineered an aerial shell specifically designed to carry out his final wish."
And the finale to the "beautiful party" (his wife's words)? Mr. Thomson's ashes will be blasted from a 150-ft. tall monument at his home, in a series of shells.
One hell of a memorial for one very interesting guy.
So, here's your open thread. What's on your mind today?