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  • In Iceland the rescue teams (Björgunarsveitin Landsbjörg) are volunteers and they need to finance their big jeeps, sledges and other heavy machinery they sell fireworks. Gísli who usually works with the youth in town and Ármann who takes care of buildings and roads where selling firework for the evening.

    "Why are you photographing now, we have almost sold everything!!!" Gísli stated with his kind smile. "The guy that bought most spent near 2000 US$ on fireworks so he will shoot a lot tonight". When we chatted a bit about recession and financial issues he pointed out that of course the sailors had more money as their salary is based on the price of fish sold to other countries and they get more krónur for their Euros and Dollars.

    Then they started to talk about their firework show tonight and old shows. I learned that the size in fireworks is measured in inches, they reminded each other about previous shows with 12 inch and 16 inch even 24 inch bombs and showed the size with their hands.

    Excitement is building up, at 20:00 the fire will start, the rescue team will have their show at 20:30 but the people in town will do the rest at midnight.

    So we will have a colorful evening, the rescue team will get what they need and we know that there are people ready to rescue us in bad weathers, from snow avalanches because we bought fireworks.
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