Am I a prude or what? Have I become the old curmudgeon in my neighborhood?
Last night the fireworks seemed loud. OK -- it was like Shock and Awe. Was I in Fallujah?
No, I live in Royal Oak. From what I gathered from listening to talk radio during my morning commute and from my colleagues in the newsroom this morning, what I experienced on the 4th of July was hardly unique.
On this year's Independence Day, did neighborhoods across metro Detroit all seemed louder and more explosive?
Is this the result of a new law signed into legislation this year by Governor Rick Snyder that allows the use of "consumer fireworks" such as Roman Candles, Bottle Rockets and other items that leave the ground?
All I know is that in my neighborhood it was loud. Starting around 9pm, after the storms cleared, a new round of lightning and thunder occurred as a result of lighters meeting wicks.
Whoosh, whistle, flash and BOOM. From the nearby streets, the blasts were loud. Makes sense. What really blew my mind, pardon the pun, was the constant sound of rumble and thunder from the nearby neighborhoods. Non-stop!
There had to be dozens of fireworks in the air at any given time, hundreds throughout Royal Oak... perhaps thousands around the metro.
The sound was unlike any I've heard before. That low and long, eternal rumble. It went on for hours --- until about 12:30a... then someone must have called a cease fire because it pretty much stopped.
I was up because my dog barked and one of our cats was still outside and too freaked out to come in.
My wife and kids slept through it all, thankfully, as they were wiped out from a full day at the lake.
I only joke about it sounding like Fallujah, because of course in reality, the explosions heard there likely meant someone was being injured or killed.
I've always assumed the reason we light off fireworks to celebrate our independence is to honor those who fought for it.
An interesting way to honor them, by creating the sights and sounds of a battle.
Fireworks in the sky are beautiful... but on the ground, to me, they're dangerous.
I am glad it rained yesterday because I wonder about what could have happened with so much dry grass and scrub around.
So is it just me? Does it seem like this year's 4th was louder than ever before? Or am I just a middle-aged parent who is getting more cautious with age?
What's more, is the new fireworks law a good idea or a bad one?
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