Celebrating Divorce With Fireworks

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

For some, divorce is a painful event; for others, it's like Independence Day — a time for revelry. "I've been in the fireworks business since 1995," says Harry Gilliam of Skylighter pyrotechnics in Virginia. "My divorce was finalized in 2001. We were actually amicably divorced, but since a great deal of the conflict in my marriage was about my struggling fireworks business, I chose to celebrate the event with both the triumph of my fireworks business over adversity, and the triumph of finally being divorced — and both of us being happy about it." Though Gilliam doesn't do commercial events, Fireworks By Sam in Wisconsin advertises divorce displays.

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