For over 100 years the Italian Catholic community in Lowellville, Ohio near Youngstown has celebrated a unique tradition.
A person casts out the demons and bad mojo from the past year and celebrates life by spinning around in a large paper mache figure loaded with burning fireworks. Dangerous? It's a little toned down now, and they no longer blow the figure's head off. Zambelli Fireworks even helps with the design.
Check out the post on Rust Wire.
A longer article in The Youngstown Vindicator