Illegal Fireworks Sparked Throughout Town

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By John Palminteri, KEYT

‪Santa Barbara 911 lines were inundated with illegal fireworks calls Saturday night.

Without the annual West Beach show that draws thousands, the street shows took over for hours with aerial shots and explosives. Dispatchers called out locations in bulk from many neighborhoods where residents and their pets were upset.

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a-1594079464 Jul 06, 2020 04:51 PM
Illegal Fireworks Sparked Throughout Town

Last time I was there, a month or so ago, there is no sign saying no left turn ---- and if you're not from that neighborhood, you have no way of knowing that.

Flicka Jul 06, 2020 12:16 PM
Illegal Fireworks Sparked Throughout Town

Fireworks are fun----no other way to put it. It's normal for dogs to get scared. For the once a year upset for them, Vets will give "doggie downers" for the day. Also, there are some sort of "calming harnesses" for dogs that claim to help. Unfortunately, I haven't seen any fireworks (I love them) for years.

PitMix Jul 06, 2020 12:55 PM
Illegal Fireworks Sparked Throughout Town

Flicka, this year the neighborhood fireworks started 2 weeks ago. One night is okay, 14 nights is not. I would recommend that we have shoreline fireworks for all of the great unmasked population next year if we have enough hospital beds for them. Culling the herd is part of nature, right?

LCP112233 Jul 06, 2020 01:04 PM
Illegal Fireworks Sparked Throughout Town

I had a dog who was afraid of firework. Use to put him in a room with the door and windows closed and turned on Animal Planet. It worked like a charm. I'm sure any distracting show or music would work.

a-1594074295 Jul 06, 2020 03:24 PM
Illegal Fireworks Sparked Throughout Town

How long are the "calming harnesses" and drugs to sooth your freaked out dog supposed to be imposed on your neighbors so you can blast off your stuff? Last night (July 5) until 11:30 in our neighborhood, someone was still shooting these bombs off.

a-1594079712 Jul 06, 2020 04:55 PM
Illegal Fireworks Sparked Throughout Town

Flicks- Tell that to all those who live near wildfires caused by illegal fireworks. It’s not just the dogs it’s all animals, wild and domestic. And it’s not just one day. People have been setting them off all week.

Mas Gaviota Jul 06, 2020 05:47 PM
Illegal Fireworks Sparked Throughout Town

There are dozens of fires right now in California that were caused by illegal fireworks. We are lucky, for now.
"Each year, fireworks injure thousands and cause thousands of fires. An estimated 19,500 fires started by fireworks were reported to local fire departments in the US during 2018. These fires caused five civilian deaths, 46 civilian injuries, and $105 million in direct property damage." National Fire Protection Association

a-1594085567 Jul 06, 2020 06:32 PM
Illegal Fireworks Sparked Throughout Town

The meds didn't work, probably partly because of the sheer volume for HOURS and it wasn't just one night this year, it was DAYS and nights on end and starting in my neighborhood some days at 9am! Nothing ok about it.

a-1594089429 Jul 06, 2020 07:37 PM
Illegal Fireworks Sparked Throughout Town

FLICKA: "It's normal for dogs to get scared." " . . .doggie downers for the day." Pay attention, won't you? It's about fireworks TWICE per year (December=Parade of Lights) along with all the extracurricular fireworks that have been sizzling and booming and banging. Your lack of compassion for animals is astounding. You think it's only dogs who are affected? What about cats? What about pet birds? Pet rabbits? What about shorebirds and other wildlife? From now on, you can stop telling us about your beloved horses . . . Consider yourself unmasked, pretend animal lover that you are.

a-1594098032 Jul 06, 2020 10:00 PM
Illegal Fireworks Sparked Throughout Town

Mas Gaviota - a carport fire doesn't count as a "wildfire." Which wildfires were caused by illegal fireworks? Yes, there were dozens of small fires around the state this weekend, but I'm asking about the "wildfires caused by illegal fireworks" that someone brought up at 4:55pm.

a-1594146724 Jul 07, 2020 11:32 AM
Illegal Fireworks Sparked Throughout Town

@10:00 How about the Eagle Creek fire in Oregon 9/2/2017 It burned 50,000 acres and lasted for weeks. Is that a big enough fire for you? All caused by some teen aged jackasses playing with fireworks.

Peace and Love Jul 06, 2020 07:34 PM
Illegal Fireworks Sparked Throughout Town

Way, way more neighborhood fireworks this year! There's always some, but this has been more than a week of crazy. My dogs get terrified for sure. If it's one night, it's easy to distract them and deal with it. A week or two, not so much. I'm all good with a fireworks show and if we could get people to go to the beach and shoot them over the ocean, I would be down. In neighborhoods with all the fire danger? not so much. Other states have block parties and shoot them off in the street. They don't have to worry about burning down the whole city though. My question is... Where the heck do these people buy these huge fireworks? I have been to the safe and sane places and couldn't find firecrackers! Also, with a massive amount of people unemployed, how do they afford said black-market fireworks?

PitMix Jul 07, 2020 09:59 AM
Illegal Fireworks Sparked Throughout Town

Black market fireworks come from Vegas mostly, now that the border with Mexico is somewhat closed. Otherwise they are also a major source. Those videos showing all the illegal activity in LA were unbelievable.

giftedinSB Jul 07, 2020 02:06 PM
Illegal Fireworks Sparked Throughout Town

People will always find something to complain about. Tourists, parades (even in non-pandemic years), the artist "defacing public property" with the Black Lives Matter mural, and now fireworks. I had pets for 26 years, and while they would get scared hearing the loud booms and whistles of fireworks, they would always recover the next day. Learn to have fun and enjoy life a bit.

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