Thank You for a Spectacular Show, La Vergne (but some of you suck)

The thermometer said 107 degrees Wednesday around 4:15 p.m. as I was getting ready to head to the park for the city’s 4th of July extravaganza. Although I was looking forward to the show and hanging out with my friends, I truthfully did not want to go. The heat was just too oppressive.  I finally pushed myself out the door and hoped my heart would calm down – in this kind of heat, it was racing after just a few steps.

When I reached the park, I found a nice shady spot under a tree and rested.  I looked around and saw balloon animals, face painting, a gigantic Connect Four game, some people politicking, jumpie bouncies, the Box 100 crew, a couple of shaved ice stations, ice cream, and hamburgers cooking. Finally around 6:00 or so, a big storm threatened the city.  Giant clouds rolled in and the hot desert air that assaulted our faces even when the wind blew suddenly cooled down. 20 degrees was all it took for me to unfold my limbs and take a walk around the football field.

The grass on the field was amazing. Green, soft.  What a nice change from the crunch, hard grass we’re used to walking on in this drought. I saw a lot of very happy children.  I saw smiling adults who talked and laughed.  I listened to music (Loved Missy Garnett & Six Pack Pretty for singing Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock & Roll”).  Then the lights went out and within 30 seconds we started seeing a magnificent, spectacular fireworks show!  Here’s my favorite picture lifted from the city’s facebook page.

But this one is also pretty fabulous.

The city planned a very nice event – free and open to the public. All of our elected officials were there. There were at least three people campaigning for elections – from alderman to state representative. This was a great substitute for not being able to shoot our own personal fireworks since we have the fireworks ban, a ban in place to keep people and property safe from the dangers of out-of-control fires sparked by a wayward bottle rocket.

Yet before we were even able to leave the park, we saw fireworks going off all around us. I saw somewhere that there were only eight officers replying to nearly 300 calls.  So that would be 37.5 calls per officer last night.  And that’s just fireworks.  Imagine also answering traffic calls, domestic calls, and who-knows-what-else calls. Perhaps 40 calls in one night total?

The good news is that there were FAR FAR fewer fireworks than normal for this time of year.  The bad news? There were fireworks still going off with a burn ban and fireworks ban in place. I’ve seen people say the city could have done a better job putting up signs and posters. However, I suggest there may not have been enough time to get signs made.  Some have said the city should have shut down fireworks stands.  While I “get” this line of thinking, I would NOT want to see a business close or go bankrupt because the city issued them a permit, they bought their products to sell, and then the city said, “Nevermind. You can’t now.”  That would be unjust and cruel, really. And my guess is that the city would probably face some ugly lawsuits over that.

This was a no-win situation for everyone. Ban fireworks. Make people angry. Hurt businesses. Get criticized for not banning sales. Ban sales.  Cause someone to lose their livelihood through job loss or businesses closing doors.

Meanwhile, we are still hearing fireworks.  I have to ask you La Vergne, are the people lighting fireworks  just selfish – their own desire to blow up things and see pretty lights takes precedence over lives and property?  Or are they just stupid?  I say shame on the people who have set off fireworks if they knew they were banned.  And greater shame on the jerks who were told in person by police and fire to stop, waited for them to disappear and then went back to lighting them.  Your arrogance and narrow-minded behavior could get someone killed. You really are a piece of work.

What do you think?  OPEN THREAD FRIDAY.

6 comments for “Thank You for a Spectacular Show, La Vergne (but some of you suck)

  1. Jessi
    July 6, 2012 at 2:29 am

    We did not go to the park, but we did sit in the parking lot of the Lazy Pig BBQ and watch the city’s fireworks display. We enjoyed it, for the most part. The part we didn’t enjoy had nothing to do with the city, but rather the fireworks we saw going off from the apartments across from the park that were WAY too close to the ground/rooftops when they went off. Unfortunately, some idiots seem to feel they are above the law. (sorry for the derogatory comments, but these people anger me) It is also unfortunate that I also saw a few comments about some of our law enforcement buying bags of fireworks & telling someone “Just use common sense” when asked about the ban (according to the poster, the officer was in uniform, and here in LaV!) And another who drove past, and even moved over to go around, someone that was actively lighting fireworks and never even stopped to give verbal warning. Most of our police force does put forth their best efforts and show that its not just a paycheck to them, that they are in it for the safety and well being of the public they swore to protect. It’s those few that show by their actions that they DON’T care that give the rest of the force a bad name. I understand that given the number of people in our city and the lack of officers that there was no way they could get to every single complaint. I do know that there are several copy places close to LaV, and that you can make 100 color copies for around $45-50 in less than 30 minutes.(and there was no where near 100 fireworks stands in our city) I do feel that signs could have been made letting people know that they would be punished if they were found to be lighting fireworks, and that they could face criminal charges if their fireworks caused any damage (fires, injuries, etc). I feel that in the 4-5 days leading up to the 4th, had our city enforced the ban, even by citation/fine, maybe some of these people would have taken it a little more seriously. I also know that some wouldn’t have, as there were a few people on the next road over from us that said they would just split the fine if they were fined and continue to shoot their several bags of fireworks anyway. People have complained that their “rights and freedoms are being taken away” due to this burn/firework ban. I’m sorry (well, no, I’m not…) but the safety of me & my family, along with our neighbors & friends is more important to me than someones ‘rights and freedoms’. I have always thought that fireworks were a priveledge(sp), not a right or freedom. How many live in an apartment complex that says “NO FIREWORKS, EVER!”? I know as a teen, I did. And no one had them in the complex. Where we were, there was a dead end road that ran right behind one side of the complex, and a lot of us would gather there with maybe $20-30 in fireworks, and we would put all of them together and have one big display, with 3-4 of the adult (older and more responsible) men lighting them and the FD was notified that we were having a large display at that location, so if we had a need for them or EMS (because no matter how careful you are, accidents can happen) they knew exactly where to go. I guess it comes down to the respect factor and the way people are being raised now, but that is a whole other rant. Sorry this is so long… but glad to get a bit of that out there. 🙂 I do believe that changes taking place in LaV will make our city a better place.

  2. Kitti
    July 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I think it’s both selfish and stupid. There were at least two families in my neighborhood setting them off – tho one family just had the ground kind and they set them off on the road, not the yard.

    What’s at the heart of lawlessness? Ignorance, I would guess.

    Also, the fireplug at one corner of my road is completely obscured by tall weeds. That worries me as much as the fireworks did.

  3. snowmanhow
    July 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I think it’s great to see the progress on Waldron road! It’s at least nice to be riding on the new lanes while they complete the rest. Are we going to see it completed yet this year? Any idea what the speed limit will be when it’s complete?

  4. Leanne
    July 14, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    This is Lavergne?!?!?

    arrogant, selfish, suck, stupid, jerks, narrow-minded as posted in this article.

    This embarrasses me that a blog about our city has to include this kind of reporting.

    • Lola D.
      July 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      Perhaps simple words like those, Leanne, are all some people understand. Especially the arrogant, selfish, stupid, narrow-minded jerks that shoot off fireworks when the whole city is a tinderbox and when the law prohibited it. They do suck. Might I also add that these inconsiderate idiots would cry the loudest if it was their own home they burned down? There were SEVENTEEN brush fires that night, Leanne. SEVENTEEN brush fires that could have been prevented had these people not been so selfish. SEVENTEEN times that our fire personnel and police would not have had to put themselves in potential danger had these people not been so selfish. SEVENTEEN times their neighbors wouldn’t have had to face potential loss of property and loss of life and these people not been so selfish.

      I stand by my words… I am entitled to my opinion – especially against someone who potentially puts other people in danger – just as you have passed judgment on “this kind of reporting.”

      • Kim Kleber
        July 15, 2012 at 6:14 pm

        You go Lola D!!!!!

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