July 4th, 2009


The Definition of Safe

My cousin Roy loved fireworks. Family rumors say his backyard 4th of July spectacular in St. Paul used to be amazing. So, when unnamed people somewhere in my neighborhood started shooting off what appeared to be professional grade fireworks, I couldn't help but look heavenward and remember him with a smile.

Temple City is one of those rare Los Angeles County cities where fireworks are legal. Technically, according to the LA County Fire Department, only "safe and sane" fireworks are legal, but the definition of "safe and sane" is a bit vague. My thought is that if it's being sold at one of the city permitted roadside stands, it probably satisfies the "safe and sane" definition. Fireworks generate revenue for Temple City each July, so I doubt there are any legal flashy fireworks these stands wouldn't sell....

But, I must admit that there were things flashing in the sky tonight that did not look like ANYTHING you could buy at one of those little roadside stands. I don't know who was shooting them off but I have to admit, it was a good show.

sky spark orgasms
no one really knows
if it's safe