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Donna Grucci-Butler

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What do a quiet afternoon with a book and fireworks after dark on the Fourth of July have in common? Donna Grucci-Butler.

Grucci-Butler is president of the famed Grucci Fireworks company of Long Island. And while she's not preparing for Commerce Bank Celebrates America — her company's big Independence Day show — she's trying to sneak in some reading.

She tells Liane Hansen what she's been reading lately... and what she might get to when things quiet down a bit.

Grucci Fireworks Quiz

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Rene Rodriguez of Fireworks by Grucci drops a Popping Brocade With Flowers firework into a tube during final preparations for the Macy's July 4th fireworks display which will be discharged from five barges on Staten Island July 2, 2002, in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Rene Rodriguez of Fireworks by Grucci drops a Popping Brocade With Flowers firework into a tube.

Rene Rodriguez of Fireworks by Grucci drops a Popping Brocade With Flowers firework into a tube during final preparations for the Macy's July 4th fireworks display which will be discharged from five barges on Staten Island July 2, 2002, in New York City.

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Test your fireworks knowledge. Give yourself 10 points for each correct answer. If you get 50 points or less, it means "your matches are wet;" 60 points: "your matches blew out;" 70 points: "too few matches;" 80 points: "you're ready to fire," 90 to 100: "you're a qualified fireworks nut." 110 points is a perfect score. Good Luck.

1. Who is the honorary Fireworks Commissioner of New York City?

a. The late George Plimpton

b. Ed Koch

c. Alfonse D'Amato

d. John Gotti

e. Henry Kissinger.

For an extra 10 points - name the book he wrote.

2. What fireworks color draws the most ooh's and aah's from an audience?

a. Red

b. White

c. Blue

d. Gold

e. Black

3. What year was the Statue of Liberty Centennial fireworks displayed?

a. 1886

b. 1976

c. 1986

d. 1996

e. 2006

4. What three ingredients are used to make black powder?

a. Sugar and spice and everything nice

b. Potassium chlorate, sulfur and charcoal

c. Sodium Oxalate, sulfur and charcoal

d. Potassium nitrate, sulfur and charcoal

e. None of these

5. Which of these fireworks are banned in over 35 states?

a. M-80s

b. Roman Candles

c. Ladyfingers

d. Bottle Rockets

e. All of the above

6. What national agency helps to regulate the fireworks industry?

a. NFPA

b. NYCFD

c. OSHA

d. NASA

e. USOC

7. What metal salt is used to make red fireworks?

a. Barium

b. Strontium

c. Sodium

d. Magnesium

e. Rhubarb

8. How much approximately does the average Grucci 4th of July fireworks

display cost?

a. $7,500

b. $16,750

c. $35,500

d. $50,000

e. $1 million

9. The Gruccis displayed a 40-inch fireworks shell, the largest ever displayed in the United States, Aug. 14, 1977 at Tidesville, Fla. What was the name of their shell?

a. Universe I

b. Starship Enterprise

c. Discovery II

d. Fat Man II

e. Mad Bomber

10. The fireworks effect that goes bang in the night is called a...

a. Maroon

b. Salute

c. Report

d. Kaboom

e. All of the above.

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