By Steve Neavling
“Celebrate the birth of your country by blowing up a small portion of it.” – The Simpsons
Boom, boom, bang. Boom.
All day. All night.
It was the first Fourth of July since Gov. Rick Snyder legalized louder, more powerful fireworks. Revelers celebrated by firing off a seemingly endless supply of ear-splitting explosives.
The auditory onslaught deafened the spirits of many metro Detroiters who couldn’t sleep or were on constant edge.
By the dozens, frazzled people bombarded Snyder’s Twitter account with complaints, sarcastic banter and some odd comparisons.
Here is a sampling:
@onetoughnerd 3rd night in a row your now legal fireworks are keeping me awake! It's 12:30am! And 2 buildings burnt down by them in my area
— Hardware (@gluehuffer) July 5, 2012
— Deanna Rose (@DeannaRoseWrite) July 5, 2012
@onetoughnerd Thanks for the fireworks. Still can't sleep due to the noise, but, hey, some retailer made a couple bucks! Thanks again $$$$
— g d (@dennyg1852) July 5, 2012
— andy hannum (@andyhannum) July 5, 2012
— Julie (@juliedutch) July 5, 2012
Dear @onetoughnerd: The next time you think about signing a law allowing more fireworks, please come hang out at my house at 11pm July 3rd.
— Matt Friedman (@mattfrieds) July 4, 2012
also? this new "blow up all the things" law? I hate it. and so do my sleeping kids. @onetoughnerd
— Katie Sluiter (@ksluiter) July 5, 2012
— Michael Hicks (@MikeH5856) July 5, 2012
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.