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Men of Fire

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A fire thrower prepares to hurl molten metal at a stone wall in the village of Nuanquan in Hebei Province, China. Fireworks are very important in Chinese tradition and when the people of this village couldn't afford them, the blacksmiths discovered that if they threw molten metal against a cold stone wall, the result was an explosion of sparks. For 500 years the village has put on a show with the molten fireworks. © Michael Paul Franklin
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A fire thrower prepares to hurl molten metal at a stone wall in the village of Nuanquan in Hebei Province, China. Fireworks are very important in Chinese tradition and when the people of this village couldn't afford them, the blacksmiths discovered that if they threw molten metal against a cold stone wall, the result was an explosion of sparks. For 500 years the village has put on a show with the molten fireworks. © Michael Paul Franklin