My Cousin is Dead and I Had to Call the Cops on My Neighbors

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United States
July 5, 2017 2:34am CST
Another Fourth of July has come and gone. I am glad to see this one go. The last few days have been sad, as my cousin was taken off life support after experiencing complications following emergency brain surgery to treat a burst aneurysm. She is gone now and she leaves behind two minor children, who her adult son is trying to get custody of, I guess. If someone had told me when we were younger that she would die at the age of 41, I don't think I would have believed it. But nobody lives forever, even people who you take for granted will always exist. Our town was turned into a war zone tonight as tons of inconsiderate people set off illegal fireworks. Our city doesn't have an official fireworks display anymore, so the illegal ones have gotten increasingly worse over the years. This year our city ran a big ad campaign encouraging us to narc on our neighbors, but a lot of good that did. I called the cops two hours ago on my neighbors for setting off illegal fireworks in the parking lot right next to our building (an area that is surrounded by other buildings and very large trees) but the cops never even bothered to show up. I don't know how the city expects people to take their threats of fining them seriously if they don't even bother to enforce the law. Allegedly people who get caught setting off illegal fireworks will be fined $1,000, but I doubt anyone actually got caught. And they know they won't get caught so they just keep on doing it. Anyway, things are finally quieting down over here and my poor cat is starting to relax. He's been terrified all evening. Too bad people can't bother to celebrate the Fourth of July in a legal way that doesn't turn the neighborhood into a mock war zone or put the safety of their neighbors' homes at risk.
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@LadyDuck (108430)
• Switzerland
5 Jul
I cannot understand how the authorities think that people will respect the laws if they do not send out the cops when the citizens call them. This is crazy. I am very sorry for your cousin.
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• United States
5 Jul
Thank you. And I don't understand it either. It's like a big joke I guess.
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@LadyDuck (108430)
• Switzerland
5 Jul
@Srbageldog It's most of the time this way, until there are no major accidents the cops do not move.
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• United States
6 Jul
@LadyDuck That is the truth. The cops just don't seem to care about most things.
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• United States
5 Jul
I don't mind the setting off of fireworks IF there is a body of water the ash and debris can fall into; however what gets me if it is legal to buy in a specific city or town BUT NOT legal to set off in that city or town, why bother purchasing any at all ? I am sorry to hear your cousin is no longer with us . . .
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• United States
6 Jul
I don't get that, either. Why sell them if it's not legal to set them off in that city or town? The illegal ones here are the big ones that shoot up in the air. The small ones you set off on the ground are legal, and I have no problem with those (unless people are being idiots and decide to light them in their hands and throw them, or light them off the top of their head...)
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• United States
6 Jul
@Srbageldog there are classes of pyrotechnics and what most people who are NOT vendors will only be able or permitted to buy C and D class fireworks; while the big stuff the A and B class kind are for vendors or pyrotechnic technicians !
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• United States
7 Jul
@enlightenedpsych2 I think people buy the big ones down in Mexico and then smuggle them up here. It's scary because they have no idea what they're doing!
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@vsai2008 (6582)
• India
5 Jul
Pets and people with respiratory problems suffer the most It's unsafe, I hope something can be done about it
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• United States
6 Jul
I agree. And the idiots set the fireworks off for days on end here, so it's not just the one night that we deal with it. It's very inconsiderate of them.
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@vsai2008 (6582)
• India
6 Jul
@Srbageldog Only the person who suffers or who has seen someone close suffering can understand about it. Others all are as you say, inconsiderate
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@andriaperry (25163)
• Anniston, Alabama
6 Jul
They should arrest the people who are doing it in a neighborhood. Sorry about your cousin.
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• United States
6 Jul
Thank you. And I agree. But the police around here do nothing, so the idiots just keep on doing it.
• Jacksonville, Florida
5 Jul
I'm sorry for the loss of your cousin. =( I will pray for the comfort of her family and friends.
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• United States
6 Jul
Thank you. I am trying to figure out a way to reach out to her family, since I haven't been in contact with them in so many years.
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@Tracy04 (9933)
• Malaysia
5 Jul
Sorry to hear the sad news. God will bless and give strength to those who still here.
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• United States
6 Jul
Thank you.
@amnabas (9702)
• Karachi, Pakistan
5 Jul
That's risky really.
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• United States
5 Jul
I agree. It's very unsafe.
@franxav (3281)
5 Jul
Sorry to know of the loss.May God give you and the children strength to bear it.
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• United States
5 Jul
Thank you. I feel very badly for her children.
@rina110383 (21990)
5 Jul
Sorry to hear about your loss. My condolences.
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• United States
5 Jul
Thank you. It's hard to believe she's gone.
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