OAKLAND (CBS SF) – It was the night before July 4th and the sky over East Oakland was already lit with illegal fireworks.
“The fireworks are too much,” East Oakland’s Kirby Thompson told KPIX 5. “It’s been on since May.”
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East Oakland neighbors said people start shooting them down a few months before July 4th every year. And they usually stop a week after the vacation.
“All hours of the night,” said Thompson, a military veteran. “Everywhere from 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning (until) early in the morning. So it’s just a lot of boom, bang. They can get really loud. Sometimes it sounds like a military degree. “
The fireworks keep him and his dog awake at night.
“It’s annoying to (the dog). It’s just too much, ”complained Thompson.
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While some hate the fireworks, others love it. Oakland-based Michael Alexander celebrated his son’s holidays and high school graduation with family and friends in a park on Saturday afternoon. They ended the celebration with fireworks.
“Fun, joy. It is not evil. It’s really something for the children, ”said Alexander. “If you are responsible about what you do, you should be fine.”
When asked whether lighting fireworks would be selfish and wrong, Alexander said, “Selfish for fireworks? At 3 a.m. in your neighbor’s garden, yes. But at noon, just before evening, no. “
Many people said that because of the drought, the fireworks were even more dangerous this year.
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“The police cannot do anything because they are overwhelmed with other problems, which is understandable. Unfortunately, you have to live with that, ”said Thompson.