By Nick Barth Gear writer Published Jul 09, 2015 at 11:14 AM

My Fourth of July was an easy-going affair. A couple of friends, marshmallows over a campfire, and some sparklers. While watching the neighbors set off their fireworks, one of my friends had a stellar idea. What if we put a marshmallow on a sparkler? Naturally, we did and the result was so good we recorded the next one and slowed it down.

The sparkler throws sparks up the stick, so at first the marshmallow is untouched. A small flame appears at the top as the sparks approach, then the marshmallow glows from the inside as the they move their way down the sparkler. The real show comes at the end. As the sparks emerge, the marshmallow looks like a rocket taking off, its bottom incinerated by sparks as they continue on.

It's a tame and relatively safe affair as Fourth of July shenanigans go, but makes for a good show.'s senior developer Nick Barth has been a part of the team since 2008. After an 18-month stint in Portland, he returned to his hometown with a new love of food trucks, bike life, and simple and effective gadgetry. The self-proclaimed gear geek and denim addict now presents OnMilwaukee's #wewant series weekend mornings on WISN-12.