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Does anyone else find it odd that in this age of The Terrorists Will Win that I see more 4th of July fireworks stands than I've ever seen in my life? When we moved to Maryland I saw these roadside tents and in-store displays for fireworks pop up in June and figured they were legal here. Last year, though, when I went up to Mom's in Pennsylvania, I saw them there, too (and by the same company names as well), for the first time ever in my life. Did they suddenly become legal in Pennsylvania? When I was a kid Dad would usually pick some up when we went to South of the Border in South Carolina, or when we crossed through Virginia on our way home, or even we sometimes popped over the bridge into Delaware, but never in Pennsylvania.

Did I miss something? It's weird. (But neat - I inherited my father's love for pyrotechnic theatrics, so I've assumed the duties of setting the backyard on fire every year for the kids. They loved it last year, so we're going to do it again this year as well.)

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cikevin
Jun. 15th, 2007 09:03 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's like the "guns for everybody!" argument. If everyone has access to explosives, the bad people won't be the only ones with them.

Or maybe in this time of national fear we need the ability to celebrate even harder? I don't know.
esprix
Jun. 18th, 2007 01:17 pm (UTC)
It's just odd, but I guess I'm not complaining. I love fireworks.

But remember, kids - fireworks don't kill people, guns kill people. Or... something, wait...
buddykat
Jun. 15th, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
Last year, though, when I went up to Mom's in Pennsylvania, I saw them there, too (and by the same company names as well), for the first time ever in my life. Did they suddenly become legal in Pennsylvania?

I'm guessing they might have been made legal in PA... I saw some in the stores when I was there last weekend.
esprix
Jun. 18th, 2007 01:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I saw them last year, too, which is my point - I never saw them anywhere right up until the time I moved to San Diego in 2001.
queenal
Jun. 15th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
I live on the road where one of the failed bombs was supposed to go off (in London, that is), and I have to admit that the fireworks a couple of months after (our big fireworks night is November 5th) were a little unnerving. It would be the perfect cover for a bombing, wouldn't it? But they were bigger than ever. An act of defiance, I guess.
esprix
Jun. 18th, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC)
Public displays I'm used to, and I doubt they'll ever go away (or the terrorists have won and all that). I'm talking about at-home, in the backyard displays. We used to have to basically smuggle whatever we could get in from other states, because Virginia and Delaware allowed larger fireworks that went boom, whereas the only thing we could get in Pennsylvania were sparklers. Big whoop. But mostly everyone got around the law by buying across the border, and as long as you didn't set your neighbor's house on fire, no one cared.
defenestr8or
Jun. 16th, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
In PA, it's all smoke and sparkles, unless you get a muni license for a public display. Here's the link.
esprix
Jun. 18th, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC)
Maybe that's it, then - somebody in the fireworks biz decided to more aggressively market the "smoke and sparkles" in PA and MD. Although for just that, they're pretty cool displays - last year I got a big multi-stage display that went on for about 5 minutes. It was pretty good.
pinoyboytoy
Jun. 18th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
We are?
esprix
Jun. 18th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
Do you ever listen to me? :P
pinoyboytoy
Jun. 18th, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
What was that?
esprix
Jun. 18th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
Hate you.
pinoyboytoy
Jun. 18th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
Come again?
esprix
Jun. 18th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
Oh you'll hear me tonight young man!
pinoyboytoy
Jun. 18th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
Whuzzat?
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