Dear New Bedford,

There's a time and place for fireworks, and it's not every night or even in the middle of the city.

Please understand that this letter is only aimed at the perpetrators who think it's a good idea to set off fireworks. Now, I truly hate to be that guy, because I enjoy a good firework show myself, but this is getting a little out of hand.

I had recently just moved back to the area and I'm honestly pretty stoked to be back in the bustling city in a very decent neighborhood where the neighbors have been great. Unfortunately, there are some people around the area who think it's OK to set off fireworks in the middle of a crowded street surrounded by houses and apartment buildings.

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You do know these things are explosives, correct? This is how fires start and, worse, injury.

The worst part is that my dog and any other dogs in the neighborhood are scared out of their minds. They have no idea what's going on and it's traumatizing them to the point of shaking and whimpering. How fair is it to them each time a firework explodes within feet of the house?

Again, I don't want to sound like a Negative Nancy, but enough is enough already and I've reached my boiling point. It's one thing to check out fireworks throughout the Fourth of July weekend, where they're controlled and being supervised, but to carelessly ignite them in the middle of a neighborhood is absolute insanity.

I know I'm not the only one out there who feels this way and quite frankly, those who oppose can say what they want, there's no justifying this foolishness and I've had just about enough.

Perhaps this message will reach those who are breaking the law and make them think twice about their actions, but I highly doubt it.

Stay classy and knock it off – you know who you are.



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