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Fireworks, Bangs, Explosive Noises.

Original post made by Palo Verde, Palo Verde, on Jun 13, 2020

For the past couple of weeks, the bangs, have started early and finish late at least 6 - 11 pm every night. They annoy the dogs, wake the kids, preventing sleep, annoying everyone.

Can anything be done to stop these annoying nuisances.

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9 people like this
Posted by Jenny
a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Jun 14, 2020 at 1:32 am

I hear it near and far. Is it in Palo Alto or EPA? It's weird that it's so often and aren't fireworks illegal?

Personally, I would rather hear that noise than the noise of 200 planes flying overhead that will resume soon :(


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Posted by New day
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 14, 2020 at 8:15 am

Apparently those types of offenses are not being enforced right now. Also, the fireworks were harder to hear yesterday through all the fire alarms that went on through the evening at El Carmelo.


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Posted by Palo Verde
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 14, 2020 at 10:02 pm

8.47, here we go again!


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 15, 2020 at 2:34 pm

According to area NextDoor posts - and there are many! - most are stating the explosive noises are in East Palo Alto.
There is a fire danger. The noises are excessive and disruptive. Some have posted thart car alarms go off, windows rattle, children and pets are scared. Where we are, it’s alarming, even though we’re not in the immediate proximity. Those doing this should get one warning, then a major ticket for dusrupting the peace, violation of noise ordinance, illegal use of fireworks or cherry bombs or ?? They should grow up and not do this idiocy. Meanwhile, I guess this us what some get when they vilify all peace officers..


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Posted by Palo Verde
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 15, 2020 at 9:42 pm

They started at 7.30 this evening.


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Posted by Chris Zaharias
a resident of another community
on Jun 16, 2020 at 1:09 pm

So you're tellin' me you don't want no Black Cats, no Roman candles, no Screaming' Meemies? No Lady Fingers, no Fuzz Bugglers? C'mon man! You don't want no Snicker Bombs, Church Burners, Finger Blasters, Gut Busters, Zipity Do Das?

You're gonna sit there and tell me you don't want no Spleen Splitters, no Whiskey Biscuits, Honkey Lights, Whosker Dos, Whosker Don'ts, Cherry Bombs, Whipsadaisers, or even one single Whistling Kitty Chaser?

Now I know why I moved to France 2 years ago: fireworks are legal here!


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Posted by Mr. Cool
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 17, 2020 at 9:13 pm

I hear them too


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 18, 2020 at 10:16 am

The evenings are getting hotter so windows open. Last night banging going on - rifles? guns? Time for the police to track down where this is occurring and put a stop to it. People are writing this off as fire works. That is the easy answer but maybe not the correct answer. As the weather heats up the vegetation is drying up and now we have a fire danger. It is the Law of Unintended Consequences. The city needs to get on top of this - it is their job and they are on the hook for anything that goes wrong here. We are talking about budgets now so get straight on what the city is required to do vs a mystery wish list and agenda by political agitators.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 18, 2020 at 1:30 pm

Posted by Chris Zaharias, a resident of another community

>> So you're tellin' me you don't want no Black Cats, no Roman candles, no Screaming' Meemies? No Lady Fingers, no Fuzz Bugglers? C'mon man! You don't want no Snicker Bombs, Church Burners, Finger Blasters, Gut Busters, Zipity Do Das [...] Spleen Splitters, no Whiskey Biscuits, Honkey Lights, Whosker Dos, Whosker Don'ts, Cherry Bombs, Whipsadaisers, or even one single Whistling Kitty Chaser?

Correct.

>> Now I know why I moved to France 2 years ago: fireworks are legal here!

One word: "Wildfires"

Are they legal in Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrénées? The climate is similar there to here. Sure, not too many wildfires in northern/western France. Fire season has already started here.


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Posted by @Chris Zaharias
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 18, 2020 at 1:50 pm

No...Snakes and sparklers are the only ones I like.


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Posted by anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2020 at 9:04 pm

They're getting more frequent and going on later into the night. Was awoken at 3 AM by multiple explosions last night.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 20, 2020 at 10:16 am

I have been checking out the new bridge work on East Bayshore. Interesting - but the vegetation is getting very dry. If the fireworks are taking place on the East Bayshore area where we have major construction going on then suggest the police figure out where this is all occurring so that construction in progress is not impacted by unintended / intended consequences. Also we have the animal support group in that area.
As to fires in Europe and Australia - very bad. Also some major fires in Africa impacting food growing regions.


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Posted by Enough!
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 20, 2020 at 10:59 pm

The fireworks/ explosions come from EPA every night and the cops won’t get involved. They say they are defenseless unless they see the actual perp launch the bottle rocket, explosive, M-80 or whatever. So, it seems that they don’t even patrol. If they came over to University Square (EPA) they could stop these explosions in a night ...but it appears they have no interest...for whatever reason???


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Posted by Lei Feng
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 22, 2020 at 1:16 am

I was awakened by a very large explosion around 4:30am Sunday morning.

According to news reports these unusual nighttime fireworks "celebrations" are taking place in cities all over the United States... Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, etc. I can't help but wonder if this is some sort of psychological operation designed to keep America on edge? During the height of the protests/riots we saw pallets of bricks staged near protest marches for the convenience of those with hair-triggers and/or criminal intentions.

Could some organization with malicious intent be making large quantities of fireworks readily available just to fray nerves and fuel tensions?


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Posted by Sir Topham Hatt
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 22, 2020 at 11:06 pm

These fireworks are coming from East of 101; if you criticize them you are therefore racist. Pick your poison.


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Posted by Barb
a resident of another community
on Jun 23, 2020 at 12:49 am

This is so crazy they act like they don't know where the sound is coming from. It's very obvious since they installed the 5G optic cables looks like they're backfiring and the transformers are blowing up in different locations. This is not fireworks


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Posted by Drew
a resident of Esther Clark Park
on Jun 23, 2020 at 8:15 pm

Cities have mass fireworks set for July 4. They can no longer me used, so they are selling them on the black market;)


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Posted by Drew
a resident of Esther Clark Park
on Jun 23, 2020 at 8:18 pm

Cities have mass fireworks set for July 4. They can no longer be used because of the pandemic orders. Anyone know the shelve life of professional fireworks? Maybe they are selling them on the black market;) or to people or Orginizations that they support?


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Posted by SpawnyWhippet
a resident of Atherton
on Jun 24, 2020 at 10:12 pm

We can hear these clearly and loudly in Atherton every night from 8pm onwards, sometimes till after midnight. I have no idea what causes them, but I really wish they'd stop. It scares my daughter and the police had no interest in finding out if they were guns or fireworks. Presumably they are very busy waiting for people to not quite stop at the 200 million Stop signs around my house.


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Posted by Marc O.
a resident of Gunn High School
on Jun 24, 2020 at 10:25 pm

I am annoye by these fire works.


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Posted by Anarchy !!
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 24, 2020 at 11:00 pm

Wow, this is like a War Zone !!! Are you kidding me?? These aren’t just fireworks, these are constant & endless explosions...5 , 10, 15 at a time. What are our city officials saying about this?? We all know what they are doing about it; NOTHING. If they think this will all come to an end come next weekend, I have news for them, “Not Bloody Likely”!


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2020 at 7:27 am

I am beginning to think that this is some sort of organized rebellion. It has nothing to do with 4th July and nothing to do with celebrating anything.

Just like the removal of statues, it is organized mayhem.

And I am snarky this morning. I am getting tired of all that's going on the world over.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2020 at 3:01 pm

Illegal fireworks have been a massive phenomenon this year all over the Bay Area:

Web Link

Nobody seems to know why or how. Or, at least they aren't talking.

Definitely not cool. Web Link


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Posted by Resident
a resident of another community
on Jun 27, 2020 at 12:17 pm

All of a sudden people want to worry so much about EPA and change the community but where were all of these people in the 90's and early 2000's? I didn't see anyone want to move into the ghetto or help our community. You guys moved here because YOU wanted to so don't complain when we do things you guys are not accustomed to. We aren't Palo Alto or M.A. and will always be looked down on the same way we have for years no matter what.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 29, 2020 at 11:57 am

You all keep talking about EPA. I know a doctor who has leased out his hill top home in Belmont, bought a house in EPA - and he fixing it up. That is now his address for tax purposes. His other home is a Schedule C rental property. And a lot of other people are doing that. I check out that area and it is becoming the "home" for a lot of FB people. There are four charter schools there now that I know of.
So why are people still tolerant about fireworks? Risky business. Menlo Atherton High School has a lot of sports athletes who are diverse and getting scholarships to colleges. It is changing under your noses.


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