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Letter: There should be limits on setting off fireworks

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Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:50 am

Well, the Fourth of July has come and gone again — or has it? For the previous three weeks or so, and now for days after celebrating our nation’s birthday, the unsafe and sound (very loud sound) firecrackers continue to bombard my neighborhood. Early Tuesday morning at approximately 3:30 a.m., another bomb went off, causing me to jump from a deep sleep. This really sounded like a landmine going off in my backyard. I don’t know about the rest of the Lodi, but we’ve had these things going off for weeks.

Our area is bordered by Harney Lane, West Lane and Century Boulevard, and there seems to be some people who are getting their kicks out of shooting these mortars off late into the night. One person continues to set off a loud firecracker every night around 9 p.m. and then continues at various intervals late into the night. I’ve tried to drive around to see where it’s coming from, but they’re apparently in their backyard and out of view.

I realize that it is nearly impossible for our police department to do anything about this, but I have to ask myself, what good is a city ordinance that can’t really be enforced? I guess it’s happening in all cities, with these illegal fireworks becoming easier and easier to obtain, but it just seems to be getting worse. To what extent will it go on?

As I rode my bike around Lodi on Friday night, it literally sounded like a war zone; certainly more of these people could have been located. I’m aware of the city workforce being limited to handle this type of situation, but what if these people start firing these illegal firecrackers off in early June and continue till late July?

I’m hoping there are more people concerned with this, and that more letters will follow. I’m all for celebrating the Fourth with fireworks — and can even tolerate the loud, illegal ones — but there have to be limitations as to when these should start and stop and how late into the night they should be tolerated.

Tony Oddo


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  • Heather Parker posted at 6:59 am on Sun, Jul 13, 2014.

    harvee Posts: 1

    I agree with you and I live in the same area. We hear them every night. Huge booms going off. It's been like this every night for the past month. Even if we could identify where it was coming from, I am not sure it would be priority for the police dept.

  • Mary Ragusa posted at 5:07 pm on Fri, Jul 11, 2014.

    lilragu Posts: 21

    Mr. Oddo is not the only Lodi resident to hear bottle rockets and fire crackers going off at all hours in the weeks preceding and post Fourth of July. It has been worse since fire works were again legalized for purchase in the city limits! I grew up in Sacramento where they were always legal. We heard firecrackers and "Piccolo Petes" for a few days after the Fourth and it stopped (30+ years ago). Here, it goes on and on. I had to go out the other night and ask my neighbor kids to stop firing them off at 10 p.m.! It was really frightening our dog. He was howling and hiding under any piece of furniture he could find! The parents were in the house choosing to ignore their kids on July 7th!!! With fire danger being high and people who have little to no common sense, I don't see the need for unlimited fireworks! They are great on the Fourth, but then impossible to regulate...sort of like guns?!?


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