Economic Indicator

In the county where I live, it is legal to sell and shoot fireworks. There are fireworks stands at almost every intersection along the highway that I drive to and from my home. Now, this isn’t a major interstate; it’s just a state highway.  

Most of the stands offer four free fireworks with the purchase of one firework. Most of them have some sort of inflated character to draw your attention to their stand. One stand is even in an air-conditioned tent. The stands are prohibited by law from opening until June 20 and most of them are closed by the end of the week after July 4.

Normally, the people in my neighborhood buy and shoot a lot of fireworks during the period the stands are open. Some nights it sounds like I live in a war zone. But that’s not true this year. Basically, there have been no major fireworks shot off.

For years I’ve told the friends who were guests here last week about the fireworks. Well, really I complained about them. I thought they’d get to experience what I’ve told them for themselves this year. No … there weren’t any fireworks being shot off.

So, do you think it’s an indication of the economy that people aren’t purchasing fireworks? I know some of the civic displays are being scaled back or cancelled this year. Maybe people who do home displays are doing the same thing. Do your neighbors shoot fireworks? Are they shooting them this year?

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2 Responses to Economic Indicator

  1. Robbyn says:

    Yes, my neighbors shoot off fireworks from the middle of June through the 4th of July and tapering off towards the end of July. THe amusing thing is fireworks (as consumer products) are illegal in this state. However, all you have to do is cross the New Hampshire border and you can buy any number of the little noise-makers 🙂

    I know it’s a traditional part of the summer, but the noise level does get on my nerves sometimes.

  2. fillyjonk says:

    I’m going to wait and see; usually in my neighborhood people don’t start until the 3rd or so (and seeing as that’s a Friday this year, I would expect there to be more shot off).

    I think I heard one go off late last night. Or maybe it was a car door slamming really loud, I don’t know.

    I do know one year they were so terrible in my neighborhood, I couldn’t sleep, and I began to think of the Iraqi civilians, and people in the Balkans, and in other countries who had to live with gun and rocket fire all the time – and that being stuff that could kill you – and I have to say I was very grateful to think that come the 5th or 6th, I wouldn’t have to hear it again for another whole year.

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