Exploding Politicians = Doubleplusgood

December 31st, 2004 | researchmaterial

Peruvians can blast away their frustrations with unpopular President Alejandro Toledo this New Year with the best-selling Toledo firework bomb.

“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…


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