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?