They bring some light alright
Twitchy: [looks in the back of a mine cart] Hey lookie, I found this box of candles! A big box!
The Wolf: A box of candles? Light 'em up!
[Twitchy holds up what is clearly a stick of dynamite with a sparkling fuse]
The Wolf: Wow that's nice and bright. What kind of candles are those?
Twitchy: [looks at the word "DYNAMITE" on the side] Uh, DEE-NA-MEE-TAY. Hmm, must be Italian.
The Wolf: [gasps] Lose the candle!
A character is in a dark area and manages to grab something candle-like and lights it. As he looks around his surroundings, he doesn't notice he actually lit a stick of dynamite! And the room he is in contains a lot more dynamite!
Alternatively, it can be when a birthday cake has dynamite instead of candles.
See also Matchlight Danger Revelation
and Explosive Stupidity
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- In the first Paperinik New Adventures story (Donald's superhero alter ego), the hideout is destroyed when Gladstone Gander lights a stick of dynamite, which he believes to be a candle.
- It's a little more complicated: it was the first story of the original Paperinik, while the rewamp Paperinik New Adventures happened almost thirty years later. Also the example makes more sense than most, since the dynamite was designed to look like a candle (and it was...the top part, at least).
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- During one episode of The Muppet Show, a blackout affects the entire theater. At one point, the Newsman has a segment, but can't read the story given him, and asks for a bigger candle. Crazy Harry provides; destruction ensues. Unusually for this version of the trope, the only indication that this trope is in effect before the "candle" goes off is the fact that Crazy Harry is the one who gives him the candle—there is no obvious bomb fuse.
- In The Goon Show (which is, after all, a kind of audio cartoon), sticks of dynamite will frequently get mistaken for candles or cigars. Usually it's Bluebottle who gets hurt by them. Just occasionally they'll invert the gag by having somebody pretend the dynamite is a candle or cigar. Guess who comes off worst in those situations as well.
- In Everyday Heroes, a neighbor comes to visit the Mighty home with just such a cake. Judging from hints in previous pages, this is Jane's cousin, who is married to her husband's arch-nemesis.