Tuesday, July 4, 2017

"Shock and Awe" In Long Beach

Good Gravy......

It's one continuous rumble out there, punctuated by the much louder pops, bangs, and BOOMS of stuff being set off in our little subdivision.

It's 2130 now, and this has been going on for about two hours.

I can see where a Vet with PTSD could get rattled by it.

So much for all the "NO Safe and Sane Fireworks in Long Beach! ALL Fireworks Are ILLEGAL!" signs that popped up (no pun intended) in the last week.

It sounds like the WWII movies where the Navy is shelling a beach somewhere.....

8 comments:

  1. Thank you for addressing this. I retired with 21 years and I am very patriotic. I spent over 5 years in crap holes in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Africa. The public fireworks at New Years and July 4th are easy to deal with because I know it is coming. The jerks that set off fireworks in neighborhoods are the "surprise" explosions that have caused me to dive under a piece of furniture more times than I care to admit. To add more to this the fireworks start slowly a few weeks before and go nuts with them on the holiday and the days that follow it will slowly wane. I have come to dread New Years and July 4th.

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    1. Thank you for your service, Tony.

      I understand your reaction to the noise. I work with a lot of our Vets down on the Iowa, and I've seen them jump at a car backfire, firecracker or a loud motorcycle.

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  2. I can appreciate Tony's predicament. Around here, the fireworks started last week. I remember distinctly sitting at a friend's house last Thursday when it started, and watching a second friend (retired from the Army around '05) sort out the sound - whether it was a threat or not.

    It sounded like we were getting shelled last night until after 11, and then it fairly quickly stopped. I'm sure it will be back tonight.

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    1. It quieted down about 15dB around 2300 here, but there were still sporadic booms until 0400 or so.

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  3. Earplugs are my friend. I had to get up at 0200 for work this morning.

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  4. I sat out on my porch and listened to the explosions off in the distance. Due to an acoustical quirk of my location, I can hear the fireworks being set off in the neighboring county 15 miles away. My dogs hate the fourth of July.

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  5. You should have seen/heard the show here in Long Beach, Washington. 30 miles of beach, 30 miles of Indian Reservation bought fireworks for four nights this year.

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    1. Were these organized displays or just people having fun?

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Keep it civil, please....