Sunday night I was just nicely asleep when I woken up at 9:40 by a barrage of popping sounds. It took me a couple of seconds to come to the conclusion that the sound I was hearing must be fireworks. It was loud enough that my wife woke up as well and came to the same conclusion. Fireworks? What in the world would someone be setting off fireworks at 9:40 on a Sunday night for? I ran the date through my head. Hmm, August 20th. Nope. No special occasion I could think of. My only reasoning is that someone had a case of beer and bunch of fireworks lying around the house that day and one thing led to another. With the dry weather we’ve had, the next sound I expected to hear was the whine of sirens from the fire truck that was being dispatched to our neighbourhood to put out the fire!
I was surprised my wife and I actually woke up. It’s not like the popping was terribly loud, although it was loud enough for us to think the noise was definitely coming from close to home. A couple years ago a drunk driver plowed into our vehicles in front of the house and we didn’t hear a thing. Our neighbour came over and rang our doorbell to let us know, otherwise we wouldn’t have realized anything had happened until we left for work! Talk about a deep sleep.
I still find it a little odd that firecrackers are illegal, yet you can walk into just about any store and buy five tons of fireworks!
I remember when I worked in Drumheller, one of our sales guys at the radio station had his pyrotechnics license and was hired to set off fireworks to celebrate the opening of the Tyrrell Museum. He got a few of us to help him out at $50 each. That was the toughest $50 I ever made! When it comes to the “real” fireworks, you’re dealing with some pretty dangerous firepower!
I don’t mind watching them, I just don’t want any more going off in the neighbourhood on a Sunday night when I’m trying to get my beauty rest!