Fireworks Season Seems To Be Starting Up Again

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Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the police killing of George Floyd, and it may or may not be a coincidence that this week one could hear and see fireworks going off in the Mission on completely normal, nothing-special-going-on weeknights. This may be the shape of another “summer of fireworks” to come.

We never really did get to the bottom of why fireworks were going off every night last summer. (Remember that theory that the cops and the CIA were doing it as a psy-ops operation? Man, 2020 was wild.)

Last year’s surge in nightly firework activity may have been related to the George Floyd unrest. Or it may have been bored people with too much time on their hands, coming at the height of pandemic unemployment. Or it may have been that the boom of the fireworks was just carrying further, because the streets were quieter and emptier under shelter-in-place.

But it wasn’t just a phenomenon that happened here in the Bay Area. Fireworks curiously boomed all summer long in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, and really across the whole country.

This weekend is Memorial Day weekend, so the sudden weeknight fireworks surge might just be because people are gearing up for the first big summertime holiday weekend. Or it may be that they’re warming up for another “hot firework summer” of illegal activity. But people, if you’re going to light off fireworks, please be aware that we are back in drought and wildfire season, so make sure to please not set your grasslands or neighborhoods on fire.

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