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These Salvadorian fireball chuckers are fucking nuts.

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Posted By: Doc Holliday at 9:02 am

9 Nov 2009

El Salvador – It looks like a warzone or at least a riot in full swing. Fireballs tear through the streets painting the night air orange as young men, their faces emblazoned with fearsome patterns, prowl the streets waging in pitched battles against one another. The incendiary missiles explode on impact – sometimes in the faces of their targets. Pyromaniacs take note. If you love fire – and fireworks or trick or treat are too tame for your taste buds – you’ll be blown away by the Bolas de Fuego festival in El Salvador.

Every August 31, the El Salvadorian town of Nejapa is set alight by Bolas de Fuego, meaning balls of fire. In the kind of event that would’ve been banned or smothered by health and safety regulations long ago in a lot of countries, men in opposing teams fling burning fuel-soaked rags at each other. Yet in this part of Central America, the chaos is semi-organised – and part of a tradition stretching back many years.

Some say the historic spark for Bolas de Fuego came in 1685 when the nearby volcano El Playon erupted, forcing the people of the old village of Nixapa to flee and re-establish their homes at Nejapa’s present location. During the eruption, bombs of lava and fire flew through the air, which gave rise to the commemorative ritual. Or so the story goes.

Are you kidding me with this?  Can you imagine cancelling a few beers with your buddies and then going out and throwing fuel-soaked rags at each other’s heads?  The website that published this story put the video footage at the end, so I had to imagine what the Jerry Lee Lewis festival looked like while reading the article.  I pictured long-distance tosses, as if they were lobbing molotov cocktails from a distance of 30 feet.  I was way off.  These crazy bastards are chasing each other around and throwing fire into each other’s faces at point blank range.  One thing’s for certain – I better keep the fuel-soaked rags away from the Booze next time he gets drunk.  You have no idea what he’s capable of.

In related news, Fox just bought the movie rights for the touching underdog story of a Salvadorian street urchin who grows up to be the greatest fireball chucker that every lived.  Calles de Fuego: The Ballad of Poco Nino.  Starring Nicolas Cage.

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