The demonstration emphasizes that fireworks are dangerous.

Professional fireworks are very powerful, which makes them very dangerous, which means they can very much kill you.

“Leave the professional fireworks to the professionals,” Buerkle said, noting that they are illegal for consumers to use.

Of course, the CPSC notes that you should follow local laws about w consumer-grade fireworks are permitted.

Fireworks will be off-limits in more places than usual this year, reports NPR’s Howard Berkes: Federal fire managers have banned fireworks on public lands, citing a worse-than-usual wildfire season.

Does watching dummy-demolition make you long for more fireworks videos? Check out two new videos from Skunk Bear – NPR’s science video series – about how exactly fireworks, well, work.