A Stevie Production
Stevie gets his Chemistry Set on Christmas Day
It is the year 1967 and you have an eleven year old son named Stephen who has a scientific bent of mind. He is a generally good boy who doesn't get into a lot of trouble, but does not get very good marks in school except in subjects that he is interested in. He is certainly not very interested in math, and his last report card was bad enough that he is actually in danger of failing his year if he doesn't improve his grades.
This Saturday, he and his best friend are messing around outside the house when you hear a loud whooshing sound from outside the house. You jump up from the couch and rush to the window, where you see a fifteen foot flame erupting from the driveway, giving off huge clouds of sparks and billows of dense gray smoke. You see your son standing beside the conflagration, covered in soot and with scorch marks on various parts of his anatomy, watching the progress of his experiment with awe on his face. He has made half a pound of gunpowder with the contents of his chemistry set... he and his friend have been experimenting with the formula for some days now. His friend, Larry, has been smart enough to stay far enough away that he has not been burnt at all and his clothes are still reasonably unharmed.
To top it all off, the fire brigade shortly arrives at the house, having been summoned by one of the neighbours who thought your garage had caught fire, and they are definitely not amused by the situation; the chief lays into you with abandon after he realises what has happened.
Not to mention that the huge gout of flame has burned a huge and very unsightly hole in your driveway that is over a foot in diameter and nearly eight inches deep...
You do need to take your son to the Emergency Room to be checked out - but what do you with him when you return home?
This is a true to life scenario, if you have not guessed and all...
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