Will the SFPD get serious about fireworks violations this year?

I first want to clarify something, I’m NOT a fun hater. As a child growing up, fireworks at my grandparents farm was a BIG tradition. My uncle and grandpa would buy tons of fireworks. My grandparents acreage was about a mile out of town and we would NEVER shoot them in town. Fireworks are fun, if enjoyed properly.

I guess it’s not the noise that bothers me the most about people illegally shooting fireworks in city limits, its the fire hazard. I keep telling people, do we have to wait until an entire neighborhood burns down and several people die before we get serious about fireworks in town and the fire hazard they cause?

While we cry and complain about 8 inch grass, guess what, if that grass gets to be 9 inches, it won’t burn down your house.

The SFPD does have a good argument when it comes to cracking down on the problem; they have to catch them in the act, I get it. My suggestion to them and the city council last year was they used unmarked police cars and plain clothes officers to catch the offenders in the act when responding to complaints. When people see flashing lights coming down the street, the first thing they do is hide the fireworks. Duh.

I just find it extremely hypocritical calling people BAD NEIGHBORS because they have 9 inch grass, but if those same neighbors are creating a fire hazard in your neighborhood the police just say, ‘Oh Well.’

So please, don’t shoot off banned fireworks in city limits, and if you do, I hope the SFPD catches you and fines you accordingly.



4 comments ↓

#1 Briggs Warren on 06.30.17 at 3:24 pm

Agree 100% about the fire hazard they pose. One would think if the city is hurting so much for money this would be a great patriotic way to raise some extra funds.

#2 The D@ily Spin on 06.30.17 at 7:34 pm

I don’t like fireworks. I’m a combat vet. It doesn’t bring back memories but my mind is trained to stoop and find cover. Most years I sleep on the floor between my bed and dresser with the radio turned up. I found a fireworks free spot last year I’ll be going to again this year. A few years ago, the Vietnam memorial in Pierre was dedicated with a large crowd and full day festivities. The end was an unannounced fireworks demo. Vets went to the ground looking for something to crawl under.

I celebrate July 4th and respect those who enjoy fireworks. Just let me know so I can find somewhere else. Incidentally, most firecrackers have the same sound as an AK-47.

#3 Emoluments Clause on 07.01.17 at 10:00 am

What? July 4th is the only day of the year that I ever exercise my 2nd Amendment right – and now you want to take that right a way from me on the 4th of July of all of the days of the year. What are you, a communist? (jk, well, kind of…) 😉

#4 scott on 07.03.17 at 3:17 pm

fireworks laws in south dakota are like selling pot to people, but then saying it’s illegal to smoke it.