The House On The Hill Is Under Attack!

fireworksI’m usually a big fan of both my neighbors and fireworks, Modern Philosophers, but last night was the exception.

The House on the Hill has been unusually quiet without Banky, and last night, I was sitting in the living room watching the Yankees game.

Peace and quiet.  Very tense game.  I was at the edge of my couch.

Then the attack started.  It was about 8:15 and the explosions came fast and furious.

I jumped up off the couch, almost spilling Snapple on my toga in the process, and ran to the windows to see who was attacking my home.

I could see the colorful explosions through my dining room window, and they were about fifteen feet from The House on the Hill.  It was also pouring rain, which made it the perfect time to catch me with my defenses down.

The property to the right of mine is a large house that’s been divided into several apartments.  The parking lot of the building runs right next to my house, and there is no fence to divide the properties.  Things can be a little too cozy at times.

Like when the guy they hire to mow the lawn decides to do it at 8AM on Sundays, leaving him right beneath my bedroom window.  Oh joy!

AT attackI could see people in the parking lot setting off the fireworks.  At first, it was just the annoyance of loud explosions that sounded like the Imperial Forces had unleashed an AT AT attack on The House on the Hill.

However, the “pyrotechnic experts” next decided to shoot off something that simply sent sparks flying in all directions for about five minutes.

Those sparks were shooting towards the bushes next to my house.  Thankfully, it was raining, which had the greenery soaked and less likely to burst into flame, but I was still not a fan.  It’s one thing to make noise and cause a disturbance, but it’s entirely another to put my home and my safety in danger.

So I called the Police.  The dispatcher informed me that while it was legal to set off fireworks until 10pm, it was illegal to do so within city limits.  She agreed that 15 feet from my house definitely constituted the city limits.

The Police showed up soon after.  The Imperial Forces has scrambled their AT AT battalion by then, but at least there were no more explosions last night.

QuietI have nothing against fireworks, but I prefer them to be handled by experts and far, far away from The House on the Hill.

This is usually a very quiet neighborhood, and I don’t see why folks would go out of their way to disturb peace.

This is Maine after all, not a crazy city like New York!

Any thoughts on fireworks and noisy neighbors, Modern Philosophers?

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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30 Responses to The House On The Hill Is Under Attack!

  1. floridaborne says:

    I’ve not seen an apartment complex yet that didn’t have a stone, wood, or chain link fence between their property and their neighbor. I wonder if there’s an ordinance about that in your area? It’s hard to understand why others in your neighborhood don’t complain about lawn mowing at 8am on Saturday morning.

  2. grannyK says:

    Fireworks are kind of scary. Once, a house right across the street from us burned to the ground because of them! Also, where I live you can make all the noise you want between the hours of 7am and 10pm. Some people take advantage of that law!

  3. ksbeth says:

    we had a long 4th of july season here instead of a day, as michigan had just eased up on their fireworks laws. i’m all for a celebration, just not a loud one stretching out for a month.

  4. We don’t have much trouble with fireworks in the suburbs but I heard a story about someone somewhere whose garage caught on fire (because of fireworks) and nobody realize it until it was a full blown disaster. Glad it was raining for you.

  5. Dan Antion says:

    We have some idiots in our neighborhood who set off illegal fireworks throughout the summer. Sometimes, it’s necessary to get the police involved.

  6. Joseph Nebus says:

    I come from New Jersey, which just doesn’t have legal fireworks. A couple people will bring some in from the lawless lands of, say, Pennsylvania, but it’s not many and it doesn’t last long. Now that I’m living in Michigan where apparently people are just issued fireworks when they walk slowly through a Meijer’s the number of explosions is pretty unsettling. I don’t understand it all, is what I guess I have to come down to.

  7. D. Parker says:

    As a parent of a child with Autism naturally I dislike fireworks because of the noise factor, but I was already against them because they are harmful to the environment. I never got them anyway, but people still seem to love them. Thankfully in this case it was raining, then again, it begs the question, who sets of fireworks in the rain?

  8. I don’t understand those with a proclivity for all things that go boom–including fireworks and gunshots. One of my dogs is terrified of both. It sometimes takes hours to get him calmed down.

  9. raphus2014 says:

    My city was last in country to finally make fireworks illegal. Many years’ campaigning by RSPCA and animal lovers were successful. Each year so many terrified dogs and cats ran away on celebration weekends, ending up in shelters,

  10. raphus2014 says:

    2/2…Adding on to my previous comment, the reason animals many animals become terrified by fireworks, and storms etc, is so simple…their hearing is so much more acute than ours. They hear noise so many times louder than us.

  11. I thought fireworks were just for the 4th of July and New Years Eve (and Disney World). Thankfully that’s the only time they’re sold here. Sorry you had to deal with that. I would have done the same thing 🙂

  12. I’d take fireworks over my rowdy neighbours any day! Swapsies?

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