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Altadena's Fourth of July: Can You Hear Me Now

We live in a no-fireworks zone, theoretically speaking

In the early evening yesterday, Farnsworth Park was almost deserted; just a few families, packing up their picnic baskets. And as the night wore on, we who live in the area heard distant thunder, fireworks, yes, but nothing particularly threatening.  

And that seemed really strange, because over the years this neighborhood has been a popular launching pad for those who express their love for freedom and independence by lighting illegal firecrackers and bottle rockets, creating a monument of ash and broken glass for all to appreciate the following day.

So maybe times have changed. 

Or maybe not. Maybe the launching pad has never left town, just shifted a little, to the west or to the east.

Where do you live and, in spite of the ban on fireworks, did the bombs burst in the air, and the rockets glare red on your street? 

Ninja Girl July 06, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Thanks Revvell :) :) Like laura, I definitely plan to follow up w/ the sheriff's station on the same issues, and would love to attend the Coffee with Captain - I really appreciate your sharing this information, and am happy to know this community service is available. Thanks Leslie for your input, too! I agree Lisa, this is a great opportunity for all of us to create a voice and plan for next year! have a great weekend everyone :)
Robby July 06, 2012 at 07:50 PM
I absolutely love fireworks. Channeling my inner 14-year-old boy here. I'd be totally up for relaxing the ban on stuff like sparklers, or cones, piccolo petes, or those chinese firecrackers, if they'd concentrate instead on people setting off what appear to be freaking mortar rounds. Holy frijoles - anyone else hear/feel whatever that was that went off about 11:30pm on the 2nd? Pretty impressive, but a jerk move to do it at that time of the night.
Karin Bugge July 06, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Robby, as a kid I loved sparklers. Would race up and down the street twirling them like batons -- and it didn't seem like a dangerous thing to do. But then again, I rode my Schwinn without a helmet, so what do I know?
Laura Monteros July 07, 2012 at 04:27 PM
I agree, Robby, to some extent. I used to do sparklers, worms, and Chinese flowers (they skittered around on the pattio) with my kids and only stopped because it seemed hypocritical to call the sheriff for the massive displays down the street when we had our own mini-fireworks. Firecrackers of any size can be very dangerous, though, especially if they are set off in strings as they are intended to be, and I don't like anything that shoots into the air in this dry area. So why not just allow some of the safest things, limit them to people's backyards (so no cars blow up), and really crack down on the explosives and rockets? Anything to make it better.
Revvell July 09, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Susan asked where to find out about "Coffee with the Captain" and/or "Community Academy".... "Coffee with the Captain" is posted here and on AltadenaBlog. To find out when the next Community Academy is, contact Sgt. Randenberg ~ 626-798-1131.

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