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    Yeah, the City of Fillmore puts on a fireworks show at the middle school, which is visible from anywhere in town. But they are pikers compared to my neighbors! Thousands of dollars worth of illegal skyrockets have filled the air tonight. It has been absolutely non-stop since dusk.
    Luckily, Dr. Jack is still with me, and still working his medical miracle. During the worst of it my dogs were up pacing from room to room. They are sleeping now. The cats were medicated, crated, and put in the bathroom (the quietest place in the house) with a ipod playing Mozart.

    R.I.P. Cyrano and Roxanne.

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    The town nixed the fireworks show this year, 1st time in 62 years. It was held on the grounds of the VA Hospital in town. The new hospital director claimed the noise was upsetting the patients, mostly Iraq and Vietnam vets, with a few from Korea and WWII. 62 years and all of sudden the noise upsets the vets. I used to come up here to visit my uncle when I was a kid. He was shell shocked from being in the trenches of the Arden in WWI but every year, he was outside watching the show with a bunch of other vets and never displayed any reaction to the light show. Some how he knew the difference.
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    I can't really explain it. Twenty years ago I would go to the fireworks displays with my family and enjoyed them. For the last 10, increasingly year-by-year, it has become worse. I don't get flash-backs or anything, I just get really, really tense. Each explosion makes me jump a little - the cumulative effect over 5 or 6 hours is exhausting.

    R.I.P. Cyrano and Roxanne.

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    "The cats were medicated, crated, and put in the bathroom (the quietest place in the house) with a ipod playing Mozart."[/quote]

    LOL I will have to tell my parents that one, I just got off the phone with my mom asking how the dogs made it through the fireworks since our neighbors tend to go crazy...they weren't too bad this year, but they still both ended up in the deepest, darkest corner of the basement!

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    Happy belated 4th
    I actually got in a fight with my neighbors last night regarding the fireworks. They are illegal in out city and the decided to start shooting them off at 11:45 p.m. Someone called the cops and the drove by and told them to stop (did not get a ticket-which is a couple hundred dollars), but as soon as the cops left it started again. I sent outside and told them it was late and my 3 year old daughter had just woke up because of them, they laughed and kept it up.
    I had to resort to their level and I woke up at 7:00 a.m. (city noise ordnance legal time) and took my circular saw out to the side of the house, took the blade off, zip tided the trigger to the On position and put it on my ladder just to the top of the fence. When they came out a couple of minutes later-I laughed. They apologized and blamed their actions on the alcohol.
    Now teh question i pose is: Should i be mad at my neighbors? It is the 4th and I understand celebrations.
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    Should i be mad at the city police for not making them stop by not citing them or coming back to regulate (which would have probably have made them stop)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greco-ZAG View Post
    Should i be mad at the city police for not making them stop by not citing them or coming back to regulate (which would have probably have made them stop)?
    Why didn't you just call the cops if it is a violation? "Hello, I noticed you came out to [Insert Street Name Here] for a noise/fireworks violation earlier, however, that apparently did not work... as you can hear in the background, the fireworks continue to disturb the peace"

    I'd never deliberately try to irritate a neighbor, especially one that apparently already has no regard for the law... imagine how they could retaliate.

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    The second round of fireworks did not last that long, they did a quick bang of everything they had left. When i actually went out there to tell them stop,they were pretty much done.
    Now the idea of deliberately trying to irritate a neighbor, it was risky but my wife made it very clear that something need to be done (i would rather piss off a neighbor than a 9 month pregnant spouse-LOL). Fortunately, the neighbors understood and i turned it off as soon as they came outside. They are not well liked by anyone in our neighborhood and we are very good friends with just about everyone around us. We are well looked out for. You do have a point though, they are actually just renters and I will be on guard when they start to move out (hopefully soon).

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    I LOVE the thing with the circular saw! I agree that p1ssing off a neighbor, especially one who does not have an investment in the neighborhood and who has already shown a distaste for following local ordinances, is probably a lousy idea. I think I would go with Schlottke's idea of asking the police to do their jobs.
    I had a friend who had neighbors with barking dogs - the way the houses were laid out, the dogs were near my friend's bedroom and on the opposite side of the house from the neighbor's bedroom. My friend got the full benefit of the hounds, the neighbor barely heard them, if at all. They couldn't see why the barking was a problem.
    Bear with me if I screw up technical details, I am not the electrician my friend is. He got ahold of one of those great big gongs that car lots use so they can hear the phone ring even when they are out on the lot. He mounted it on his house, directed at the neighbor's bedroom. It was then hooked up to a sound-activated switch, with a directional mike, pointed at the backyard where the dogs were. When the dogs barked, the gong rang.
    The neighbors complained. He explained the rig. They called the police. The cop looked at the rig, laughed, and asked where he could get the components so he could deal with a loud neighbor.

    R.I.P. Cyrano and Roxanne.

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