Fireworks are illegal in South City yet they continue to burst through the night: Your thoughts welcomed

South San Francisco, CA   July 3, 2020 by Angelique Presidente, ESC

People across the country are turning to fireworks to help get through the quarantine. With numerous activities still shut down everyone is very limited on what they can do for entertainment. While any and all fireworks are illegal in SSF, people are still getting ahold of them.

There are many sides to this debate. ESC has been getting messages every day about fireworks, understandably when people are getting woken up at 1, 2, or 3 am it becomes more than just a frustration, it evolves into a nuisance, disrespect for other neighbors. Clearly this isn’t an issue isolated to SSF, or even San Bruno or Pacifica who are allowed “Safe & Sane” type fireworks yet still have residents complaining about being woken up during the night.

What about those who are being affected? Those who need to get a good night’s sleep to be ready for work the next day. Youngsters who already have their life turned upside down being frightfully awoken in the middle of the night?  Pet owners may give meds to help calm nerves on the 4th but they can’t do that for weeks at a time. How about those with PTSD that can’t hear loud noises without being thrown back into a past traumatic experience?

Some residents could care less and choose to either ignore it or accept it. Some residents have commented, “It’s that time of year.” “It’s to be expected.” “Everyone is overreacting”.  There may be a feeling that we’ve given up so much already, just let this slide and give people something to do. We are so limited right now already.

Does this article highlight an end is near to the loud bangs during the night or an end to yet another activity to help us get through these uncertainties times?

What are your thoughts?

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5 comments for “Fireworks are illegal in South City yet they continue to burst through the night: Your thoughts welcomed

  1. mel perry
    July 3, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    it’s the 4th, everything is supposed to go boom, but not after midnight, the
    dumb @$$e$, should be thrown in
    jail, for being stupid, if nothing else

  2. Wendy
    July 4, 2020 at 12:34 am

    I wonder how we can stop the illegal, not ‘safe’ and not ‘sane’ sale of fireworks. They are putting their n jeopardy our ability to purchase and enjoy the nice quieter ones. Even after the good ones are banned the loud ones will still be going off. Look at South City. It’s only the bad ones here. Please be clear about finding the sellers of the bad ones and not trying to stop access to the nice ones. Thanks for allowing an opportunity to support the use of nice fireworks.

  3. Renee
    July 4, 2020 at 2:46 am

    Every year our dogs are frightened, start shaking and look for somewhere to hide. Every year we wonder if the close cropped and yet very dry grass in our yard will catch a spark and start a fire. Every time I hear fireworks go off in our neighborhood it makes me very angry at how inconsiderate of one’s neighbors it is to light up fireworks. Every year we are glad when the 4th of July is over so within a few days the fireworks in our neighborhood will stop going off.

  4. DG
    July 4, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Your examples above are all on point and let’s not forget the elderly who become anxious with these loud sounds ; add alzheimers or dementia to the mix when the person cannot make sense of what’s going on. I realize that this is part of celebrating the 4th but people are setting them off, a week before through a week after(sometimes longer). Police should hit the streets and constantly patrol the area. We cannot give exact address – sounds carry and it could be two streets behind us, and be just as loud! If people are aware that Police will have a presence, it may not stop everyone but hopefully lessen. As mentioned fireworks are illegal in SSF.

  5. July 4, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    Don’t these people who are setting off the illegal fireworks here in South City realize how dry the grass is and how windy it gets here? People need to use some common sense and respect their neighborhood. Dogs are shaking, older people are being frightened at all hours of the night. ENOUGH ALREADY!.

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