Would your report your neighbors if they fire off fireworks on your block tomorrow?
8 Comments

  • philip - 13 years ago

    Why would I report it? I support it! I don't see why it's such a big deal. Your hair dryer is statistically more dangerous than consumer grade fireworks. Look it up if you do not believe me. Besides, what is a 4th of july without fireworks? People who can;t make shows and want to see fireworks on the 4th cannot cuz of state laws. I thought independence day was to celebrate freedom, not destroy it.

  • Janeygirl - 13 years ago

    Firework demonstrations are very dangerous. Statistics have proven that the majority of accidents and injuries are made by unprofessionals. These are risks that folks should not take. On Staten Island, most folks don't report the use of fireworks by their neighbors due to fear of "reprisal". It is so sad that the good folks feel intimidated. I have seen grown men shooting off fireworks in the presents of their own small children. In addition, I have seen the cops appear on the site of illegal fireworks displays and just ride by. There is only one sure way of eliminating the problem. Make the fines very high for anyone caught with illegal fireworks and enforcement. That's the bottom line.

  • Jason - 13 years ago

    It does not matter in NC the cops will not do anything anyway. I call on my neighbors only becasue they were lighting them over my new planted lawn. But they did nothing. So it does not matter anyway.

  • EDDIE ALTIMARE - 13 years ago

    WHY SHOULD I REPORT ILLEGAL FIRE WORKS? THE STATEN ISLAND POLICE DEPARTMENTS WONT DO ANYTHYING ANY WAY.

  • Will Justice - 13 years ago

    So it's ok to put others property at risk just so you can fire off explosive things? Leave it to the pro's go watch your city's fireworks. I love America and the 4th of July, but I don't have a "right" to put your home at risk or your children by fireing explosives at your house or kids.

  • Lana Hagai of Willowbrook - 13 years ago

    Every time some idiot scratches their freakin knee on the pavement and decides to sue the city because there was a naturally occurring bump on the sidewalk, instead of just taking responsibility and watching where they're going next time, the city makes a new law.
    Every time someone blows their finger off from a firework, it's someone else's fault for not shaking them out of the idea in the first place.
    The Police Department can't just say, "screw you, you made your bed, now lay in it." They rip of their shirts and say, "I'll save the day!!! No one can do that anymore and then nothing bad will ever happen!!"
    Well I say, do what you want, have a backup plan of where you will run when Uncle Sam shows up with his little notebook, and make sure your witnesses (the ones that only watched you guys light off the works) will say they don't know you, had never seen you before that day, and didnt see where you ran to.
    And be careful!

  • Dave - 13 years ago

    I find this quite firework issue funny, wonderful, exhilarating, and ironic. Our very liberties were obtained by normal citizens who loved their country, but in the end found that the governments laws were too restrictive and unjust, so they came out in open rebellion. They fought a big government but that government didn't realize they were fighting a losing battle.

    Now here in NYC, the same spirit that fired our forefathers in open rebellion is alive and kicking. The citizens of NYC are in open rebellion against a government they find too restrictive and controlling in their personal lives. Every year the citizens of NY are reenacting the revolution! It’s great, it's wonderful, it's exhilarating. The thirst and desire for freedom still burns in the bosoms of New York City, and everywhere else that US citizens come out in open rebellion against what they consider a tyrannical government interference.

    The tighter NYC squeezes, the more its citizens will rebel. I find it ironic that one of the first cities that celebrated their independence with fireworks in 1777, is so hostile to its citizens having fireworks.

    Thomas Jefferson, who authored much of the Declaration of Independence, stated:

    "The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere."
    Source: Letter to Abigail Adams, February 22, 1787 (see The Founder's Almanac, by Matthew Spalding, The Heritage Foundation, 2002, p. 158)

    I find it refreshing as well, that the Jeffersonian spirit is alive and well in NYC. It gives me hope for the future.

  • mike - 13 years ago

    what the hell is going on its the 4th of july >>>>>>>we just wanna celebrate our independence....but its like russia now......cops will lock you up,,,,but they serve & protect????

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