Have apparently been banned in Antigua now because of the fire risk. New Year's Eve will certainly be dull without them.
V's nephew Marco tells us that you can still buy them in Guate and bring them over. Two years ago at Xmas time a rogue cachinflin set alight a sofa in his mother's house. Blackened springs were all they found when they returned from an evening of firing them into other people's homes. I once fired one through the entrance of a makeshift wooden evangelical church that stood on the land where our own house was to be built two years later. It was time for them to move on! (It didn't stop the tambourines clanging on that particular Yuletide evening however.)