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firecracker (n.)

also fire-cracker, "exploding paper cylinder," 1830, American English coinage for what is in England a cracker, but the U.S. word distinguishes it from the word meaning "biscuit." See fire (n.) + agent noun from crack (v.).

Sec 2 And be it enacted, That it shall not be lawful for any person to burn, explode or throw any burning fire cracker, squib, turpentine balls or fire serpents in this state. [act of the General Assembly of the state of New Jersey, Feb. 18, 1835]

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Definitions of firecracker from WordNet

firecracker (n.)
firework consisting of a small explosive charge and fuse in a heavy paper casing;
Synonyms: cracker / banger
From wordnet.princeton.edu