The 3rd of July has been the day for a lot of big fireworks displays in Wisconsin ahead of the 4th of July holiday.
Fireworks can be fun and exciting for a lot of people, but some find the sound of explosions unsettling due to traumatic experiences associated with firearms or military experience. The sounds of fireworks can also hide other noises that we need to be aware of.
How do we all stay aware during fireworks for other threats that may hide their sounds under the guise of fireworks?
We spent the 4th of July a few years ago at my wife’s friend’s place in SoCal. About an hour before sunset the fireworks in the neighborhood started going off like crazy. This continued unabated until 2 or so in the morning when it finally started to tapper off. This was not just the little firecrackers we used to play with as kids. Lots of really big stuff and I swear it sounded like more than a few real firearms being mixed in as well though it was hard to be certain with the nonstop sounds of the war zone. Im all for a good fireworks display on the 4th but this was insane and not very visually interesting, just loud. I wonder how many folks got hurt? There were sirens on several occasions that night.
I’m not sure if all the urban/suburban places in SoCal are like that? But it’s the last time I’ll be staying in a developed place in SoCal on the 4th!
Ever been shot at? Have you ever heard the crack of a bullet as it passes right by you? I have the experience of being shot at and the sound of a gun close by has a distinct sound. If it is a distance away during the 4th I would have to admit, I would not be sure. Enjoy your family, enjoy your beer, Always be aware of your surrounding!
I actually have been shot at. I didn’t hear a crack of the bullet, but more like a weird vibratory sensation as two of the damned things went right by my head. Like hornets from Hell, I told my partner. Terrifying sh…tuff, but all part of the “job,” I guess.