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South of the Border roadside attraction.

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South of the Border

If you live in a state where it's illegal to buy fireworks, fret not. All you have to do is take Interstate 95 to Hamer, South Carolina, and visit South of the Border, a rest area with gas, lodging, restaurants and an amusement park, all overseen by its oversized bandito mascot, Pedro.

As enjoyable as it may be to view creation in all its glory from the Sombrero Tower or buy toothpaste at El Drug Store, the main attraction remains the wide selection of fireworks at Rocket City. Provided you've got enough money—and space—in your trunk, you can buy enough incendiary devices to make your neighbors hate you every Independence Day for years to come.

Source: South of the Border