Fireworks enthusiasts who have a personal big bang arsenal at home, do you know there is a local ordinance regarding fireworks? To paraphrase, if it goes up or blows up, it’s illegal. If any fireworks are set off after 10 p.m., it’s illegal. The exception to the rule is legal, timely fireworks in public arenas. This exception does not apply to you.
So, why do you persist in turning your neighborhoods into soundtrack locations for the Battle of the Bulge until the wee hours of the morning?
Are you trying to show your neighbors your patriotism? Your neighbors hate you. Thousands of woodland creatures who populate this area, particularly nocturnals, afraid to leave their hideaways to go about their business of living, hate you.
Hundreds of domesticated dogs in this city huddled in corners in their thunder vests with their doses of Benadryl, so scared they can’t go out to pee, hate you.
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Most important, dozens of military veterans who live all around this city, who suffer from PTSD from too much time on the battlefield fighting for your freedom, who can’t tolerate the battlefield noise of your big boom extravaganzas, hate you.
So, the next time you feel the patriotic urge to go to your yard and blow something up, don’t. Be a real patriot; be quiet.