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Poll: Did You Enjoy Highland Park's Fireworks Show?

Fireworks aren't for everyone, are they for you?

Highland Park residents didn't have to travel far on Wednesday evening to enjoy a free Independence Day fireworks show.

As it's been for decades prior, and will likely be for years to come, the skies over Northeast Los Angeles were filled with exploding rockets of the illegal variety.

With far too many revelers joining in on the fun each year for the Los Angeles Police and Fire Departments to effectively enforce the city's ban on fireworks, NELA residents have been privy to spectacular shows on an annual basis.

Many lifelong Highland Park residents see fireworks as part of the tapestry of the neighborhood. A symbol of the neighborhood's laid-back, anything goes character.

On the flip side, fireworks are loud, potentially dangerous and a serious source of distress to pets. So, fireworks are not universally beloved, by any means.

Patch Asks: How do you feel about Highland Park's fireworks Show?

Shawn Richardson July 05, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Why don't you sue them all. C.c
nonoise July 05, 2012 at 03:28 PM
We pay taxes for the police to enforce the law. There was no enforcement last night.
Peter Bedard July 05, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I love fireworks but last night was obnoxious. I had to take my dog to another neighborhood because of the constant booming for hours. Most of the fireworks set off weren't even attractive to see, just loud booms. Every year thousands of animals are traumatized by these obnoxious displays...what happened to the nice neighborhood firework displays? Those were awesome!
Lisa McGuinness July 05, 2012 at 04:15 PM
My family and I watched from Moon Canyon and I have to say Highland Park was going strong. Many caught my eye more than the RoseBowl fireworks. However, we weren't in the noise range which is nice and our dog shared in the amazing display of lights.
JOSH July 05, 2012 at 04:20 PM
as a highland park resident for the past 30 years, i can say that the fireworks display is always a treat. i don't mind it at all as long as its kept to the one night instead of days before and after.
Elijah H July 05, 2012 at 04:47 PM
I enjoy it every year. You can either sit there angry at the world and fixated on rules that will never be enforced, or figure out how to enjoy the world you live in. One will confine you to life as a bitter angry soul, the other will allow you to truly live.
Carl Showalter July 05, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Lifelong Highland Park residents who see fireworks as "part of the tapestry of the neighborhood" should move out. Then maybe Highland Park will be a much nicer place to live.
Harvey July 05, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I agree with Josh. It is a treat. But slightly unnerving which makes it all the more exciting. We are always amazed that all the old trees in the area don't burn to the ground from all the sparks. I thought this year the pyrotechnic enthusiasts were good about keeping it down to one day. I hardly heard anything during the few days leading up to the 4th. Last night was one of the best we have seen. We were amazed at what we were witnessing from our back yard, without even a need to climb up on the roof or stand on a chair.I feel sorry for the poor suckers that schlep in their cars to a "sanctioned" firework show, searching for a parking space so they can be entertained like sheeple. However, I also agree with Peter. The loud bomb fireworks, whatever you call them, are pointless and seriously obnoxious. And, they freak the dogs out. We had to huddle the dogs in our garden house as if we were in a bomb shelter. It was kind of funny because we had to take turns watching the fireworks and huddling with the dogs.Hooray for 4th of July stories! We should all lighten up and enjoy life and be thankful that we share a neighborhood with so many diverse people who are excited and joyous about celebrating their freedom. Or, one could move to Beverly Hills, where it is essentially illegal to have any fun.
Harvey July 05, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Well said!
Amy Duddleston July 05, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I agree. July 4th is pretty special here in HP. I just don't understand why the there's a lead up to it that starts around Cinco de Mayo.
edem July 05, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Beautiful? Yes. Loud? Yes. Runs a little late? Maybe. But that's kids having fun with fireworks one night a year. WTF. I love Highland Park. Like the Beatles described the Queen; Not stuck up at all. Highland Park "punches above it's weight". That's what keeps it the place it is. I don't plan on moving! Long live Highland Park!
Stella Meridian July 05, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I think you need to differentiate between pretty, visual fireworks and pointless, loud explosions. Our neighbors have been lighting M80s and similar stuff for the last WEEK. We are talking adults who get drunk and just light these things to blow up. Seriously, what is the appeal in it? It would be pathetic if not for all the scared animals and children. Its really is only a matter of time before someone gets hurt and for what? Lame fireworks when there are free shows all over the city? This aggressive, mindless and destructive behavior is not what makes Highland Park the neighborhood we love, please don't defend it.
JW July 05, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I love it and look forward to it every year, noise and all. Wasn't here for the 4th and was disappointed that I didn't hear a lot going off prior to the actual holiday from my little canyon. This morning things are as dead as a doornail. I hope people have saved some for the rest of the week. From a grumpy, cranky old white woman!
KKB July 05, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Love the colorful sky! I like that this is part of our neighborhood. Could it be done more cautiously? Yes. But in moderation i think its a nice feature of HLP We have been here for the last 4 July 4ths and with each year we have noticed it calming down....not as many, not as long. So maybe that trend will continue. With that said, Our dogs do not like it so much,especially those big booms that do nothing but make noise. We just keep the dogs close and take proper precautions per our vets advice.
Hooper Humperdink July 05, 2012 at 05:59 PM
I would like to take this opportunity to send a hail and hearty F#$O ^$% to the guys in my neighborhood who kept the bomb blasts going until 4 a.m. last night. I know (vaguely) where you live and I came as close as I've ever been to walking down there with a bat and starting a fight just to relieve the stress they caused as they lit fireworks off at uneven intervals all night long.
Anthony D Howard July 05, 2012 at 10:02 PM
If you need help with an 2nd bat let me know I'll be rigth there. I'am a combat vet. the stuff in the air are great the m 80 are stupid.
Stella Meridian July 05, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Have you ever considered the angry ones are those who are setting off explosives in the middle of the street past midnight? Thanks for your comment though, I'll keep it in mind the next time someone's home and life is ruined by a fire cause by those that are truly alive.
Shawn Richardson July 05, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Agreed
Shawn Richardson July 05, 2012 at 11:23 PM
If your dogs are so sensitive to loud noises, maybe you should take them to the Rosemead working dog training ground for a little conditioning. Helps with thunder too.
Paul Jacques July 06, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Amen.
Amy July 06, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Well said.
Carl Showalter July 06, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Amen. July FIFTH is almost over and some motherf-ers are still at it. Note to newcomers: Embracing incessant explosions doesn't make you cool nor will it make you fit in better in this neighborhood. It just makes you a moron.
nonoise July 06, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Shawn, it is great you are concerned about dogs and loud noises. How about people? Can you call Father Marco at Divine Saviour Catholic Church and ask him to turn off his noisy amplified sound system? His number is 1-323-222-9181. Care about people too.
nonoise July 06, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Isn't caring about others suppose to be what a church is all about?
Shawn Richardson July 06, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Give it a rest Susan, that horse you're beating is practically fossilized. I sort of like the church bells even if they aren't real.
Rebecca Prine July 07, 2012 at 06:37 AM
Applause~ As the one thing our homeowners insurance policy covers is fire we enjoyed the night immensely! Brought our neighbors together for fine bbq and cold beer, gotta love HP.
nonoise July 07, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Rebecca, homeowners insurance claims make everyone's premiums go up. It is peace of mind, but none wants to have to use it.
nonoise July 07, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Shawn, You do not have to live with that dead horse. You may feel differently if the church bells that are not real are off key and an unusual sound. I can call you 6 times a day so you can hear them. Do you want that? Those that like them can take them home with them, and keep them out of my house!!
Carl Showalter July 07, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Moral hazard: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_hazard
Bunnie July 09, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Listen all you complainers...we love HP/Mt W..we moved to Glendale 2 years ago and now have ZERO fireworks ...boring boring boring...can't wait until we move back to Mt W and can see Beruit exploding across the 110 freeway....you guys are so fortunate to have peeps who do it in style...what's a little noise and fire...has anything happened??? Aint America great....xoxoxoxos

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