As I write this, the sun has gone down on another day, and the fireworks have already started. As l lie on my bed looking out my window, I hear the sounds of small sparklers coming from the houses next door, and also some very large booms coming from down the street. I am also listening to the local police department dispatchers on the radio, as they continue to alert patrol officers of reports of various fireworks disturbing in several neighborhoods. I smile as I listen and think: there is no way that the police can cite or even stop everybody from shooting off fireworks. They just don’t have the manpower to do it. It’s amazing to me. The list continues every 5 minutes over the radio. The police department must be receiving hundreds of calls! Yet, the dispatcher continues to do her job even though she realizes it’s probably a waste of her time, this is what she gets paid to do. This goes on every year, and you would think that my neighbors would know that the police can’t catch everyone. So why do they even bother to call? The noise is not bothering me, and I’m only glad that they aren’t shooting them off at midnight! What I do miss however is the sight of the large fireworks display that the local high school used to have. I could see the bright colors in the sky, and, man, were they beautiful. Now, I have to settle for seeing them on TV, which is not the same. What about you? How are you spending your evening? Did you attend a fireworks show, or maybe even shot some off yourself? If you did, I hope that you were careful. Unfortunately, this is the time of year when most hospital emergency rooms will receive patients with firework related injuries. The damage that just one of these explosives can do that a person’s body is frightening. So, please be careful this evening, but I hope that you have (had) a safe holiday. God bless America.
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