Detail from photo by Bruce Sterling:
“Effigies of Toledo loaded with rockets and other fireworks are selling like hot cakes, especially ones where the body is shaped like a bomb with a fuse,” said Luz Aliaga, who sells them for $11.
Letting off fireworks at midnight is a traditional New Year celebration here.
The idea of a “Toledo bomb” was born when a reporter tried to hand the president a fake bomb — a football painted black with a fuse — during a public event this month after a survey showed most respondents would give him a bomb for Christmas.
Peru has clamped down on firework sales since more than 300 people died when a firework demonstration in a Lima shopping district shot out of control in 2001…