Wondering who witnessed the country’s best-by-far pyrotechnics display this past weekend? New York City’s killjoy police officers, who held a private detonation of a year’s worth of confiscated illegal fireworks. At least they were kind enough to get the squelching of our joy on film:

More than 5,000 pounds of fireworks were detonated in one big pile at the New York Police Department firing range in the Bronx on Friday, July 1, 2011.

IKEA’s business has been booming. Although no one was significantly injured, this coordinated attack had alarm clocks exploding in three different European countries. Via Reuters: French, Belgian and Dutch police have launched…