I mentioned in a post a few months ago about the Chinese Lantern Festival, and I posted a picture of someone performing the ancient art of the Dashuhua, which has a literal translation of “beating flowers into the tree.” These guys melt down pots and scrap metal in a furnace, and then throw it in big ladelfuls against a cold wall. This was apparently practiced 500 or so years ago by poor blacksmiths who could not afford fireworks.
You gotta watch this video. It is extremely excellent. I’m going to go ahead and say that this is probably something you shouldn’t be doing at home – at least not without 12 good hours of drinking first. Or maybe while camping – that’s the kind of stuff my pyromaniac friends enjoy when we camp.