Amish Fireworks

June 23, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Someone asked me about these "Amish fireworks" pictures this week so I thought I would post one here today.

This is a picture of an old steam engine. Some Amish collect these old engines. They do some restorations and take them to the little festivals we have in this area. At night they will shovel corn cob pellets - like you might burn in your stove in the winter to keep warm - into the fire box. Then they turn up the power and out of the stack comes these particles that are on fire. They are like fireworks... or at least to me they look like fireworks.

You can see the wheel in front. That is there to provide resistance to the engine and make it work harder. The sparks hit it and bounce off all different, crazy directions.

This is great fun to photograph and the photographs kinda track the trajectory of the sparks that you can't see with your eye while you are there.

Steam Engine Sparks at Reminiscence DaysSteam Engine Sparks at Reminiscence DaysPhoto by David Arment
©David L Arment
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