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Stupid Fireworks…Or People

So, last night my sisters and their families came over. We were having a nice barbecue. I have this thick layer of trees and tall brush around my property for the wildness of it–which I love, but also for privacy. But we can still see bits of a car when it passes.

Some idiot threw a firework out of their car last night.

Can you guess what happened?

It is too freaking dry for fireworks this year people!!!

So, we all jump into action. The men grab the hoses. We just installed a spigot on the back of our property and I have never been so thankful. They are hooking hoses together to feed them through the barbed wire fence and across the road.

I took off across the grass then remembered the huge copperheads that nestle in the thick layers of leaves back there. Went back and got shoes, realized I can’t do barbed wire in a long, summer skirt, so I take off to run all the way around. We have big properties here and I just had to go around one house, but you should see the house.

People have stopped to call 911, but the fire jumps into horrifying action. The land across the street is all tall grass and thick, old trees. It’s completely wild and we desperately want to keep it that way because it’s beautiful and so many deer live in there.

The house that this fire could hit is empty. The people are on vacation, but their neighbors have already grabbed people to help. My husband and two brothers-in-law get the fire out.

The embers took the longest. You can’t see them until this little stream of smoke pops up. The firemen arrive and sweep the area with their much better equipment. They say thanks, but they aren’t very polite. It is Father’s Day after all and we don’t live far from a huge fireworks outlet so I bet they were busy. I really hope they don’t think we did it.

The policeman says it should be illegal to do fireworks even outside the city limits this year.

I agree.

And get this, people in my neighborhood were still setting off fireworks into the night. I was a nervous wreck. I went down there thinking it was kids and it wasn’t, so I left them alone.

We turned on our sprinkler system and just let it run.

After the months of hot, dry weather. Barely any rain. After the months and months of constant, terrifying grass fires……

I don’t get people. I don’t.

Oh, sorry for editing yet again, but I have to add this. My nine year-old son, without being asked, ran for the fire extinguisher first. I’m so proud of him!


  1. June 19, 2006    

    That is awful. Other peoples insensitivity and lack of comprehension boggles the mind.

    Not that my gripe is near the importance of yours, but I just hate when people walk their dog and let it crap in my yard when I pick up after mine. I’m certain the neighbor who lives in the attached unit behind me thinks I’m proabably not picking up our own dog poo.

    Anyway, I’m so happy the fire was put out. My house caught on fire when I was a kid. It really sucked losing everything.

  2. June 19, 2006    

    I’ve been in two big house fires and they were just awful. I even remember the first one and I was only about three. My mom ended up in the hospital.

    I hate it when people let their dogs poop up other people’s yards. Inconsiderate!

  3. June 19, 2006    

    Glad the fire didn’t spread beyond the field. There was a volunteer fire fighter who died earlier this year in Oklahoma. He spent weeks in the hospital after being caught in the blaze.

    Funny story. Maggie was a couple of months old and Ryan wanted to walk her to school. So I went along to bring her back home. Forgot the doggy poop bag that I usually stick in my pocket just in case. There’s a fire station at the corner across from the school. Guest where she decides to poop. Right in the middle of their driveway! I couldn’t leave it there, I couldn’t walk home to get a bag. I had to work up the nerve to go ask a fireman for something to pick it up with.

  4. June 19, 2006    

    I pick up after my dog too. I just don’t get people who don’t }:(

    I’m so glad your husband and two brothers in law were able to get the fire out, Rinda!

  5. June 19, 2006    

    Your kid’s got a pretty good head on his shoulders!

  6. Jen Jen
    June 19, 2006    

    So many people just have no common sense whatsoever.

    We’ve decided to leave the fireworks to the pros this year.

  7. June 19, 2006    

    Kristen, he does! I’m so proud of him. He brought it right to the fire, but stayed back out of the way.

    My sisters were helping with the hose, too. I ran around to help but we had more people by then, so I ended up uh, running around. I did talk to the firemen and the policeman. I’m kind of bossy that way.

    Sara, the firemen probably thought you were sweet. 🙂

    Oh and I don’t want anyone worrying about the water we let run. It’s a well. We’ll probably run dry at this rate, tho.

  8. June 19, 2006    

    So are we, Jen.

  9. June 19, 2006    

    Wow, what a close call! I’m glad you guys got the fire out. That could have been a truly devestating catastrophe.

    And I agree with Kristin, your son sounds great!

  10. June 19, 2006    

    Wow, I am so glad you all were out where you saw it happen and there were enough quick thinking people around who jumped into action. And your son did great. I am not sure I would think to grab the fire extinguisher instead of the hose. And then he stood back and didn’t put himself in danger. You did good teaching him Rinda.

    I understand about your fears the rest of the night. I live across the street from a wooded area and I lived in fear when it was so dry that some idiot would throw a cigarette out the window at 3:00 AM and catch us all on fire. Do you think people are that stupid or do they just not think?

  11. June 19, 2006    

    Nice pic, Chrystal!!

    Who knows? I know smart adults who are using fireworks this year and it surprises me. The fires were scary earlier this year.

  12. June 19, 2006    

    You’ve got copperheads nesting out back?! You should meet my friends Marie – she has a huge property that’s full of trees, bushes, flowers – she loves a wild garden. And she has snakes and squirrels, etc. I don’t mind anything except the snakes. Fortunately, I can put them out of my mind because her company is outstanding. That and the fact she makes the best Italian food (from scratch) and will always make me a pot of Earl Grey tea in her Wedgewood china makes visits yummy.

    I’m so thankful that you guys contained the fire. I do not know why the Governor took the burn ban off. And they should cancel all fireworks sales except to licensed people putting together supervised shows. I know a lot of people make supplemental income from sales, but we have lost too much already to fires without giving morons incentive to start something.

  13. June 19, 2006    

    Jenn and I saw fireworks stands selling the stuff when we went to the lake this weekend. I swear the average person is crazy as a loon. Glad you got the fire stopped. With the winds we’ve been having that could have really spread quickly.

    I hate it when people let their dogs crap in my yard, too. If I wanted it there, I would take my own dog out into the front yard and let her have at it. I always want to follow them home, go through the front door and pee in their toilet and see how they react.

  14. June 19, 2006    

    Betty, I’d pee ON their toilet. People who let their dogs poop in neighbor’s or stranger’s yards do not deserve anything less!

    We have a family of Great Danes in the neighborhood. They’re like miniature horses. Trying walking outside to THAT mess.

  15. June 19, 2006    

    The fireworks stand is near my house. People are buying them, then lighting them and throwing them out the windows as they leave!!!!

    We’re thinking that one looked like a bottle rocket but I don’t know where they’d get those– not at this one.

    I don’t believe this.

    Why did they lift the burn ban? We only had one rain.

    oohhh, I’m feeling the snark today.

  16. June 19, 2006    

    This may sound a little misanthropic, but I really think that 80% of the population is missing key portions of their brain. This is why the Darwin awards are so funny. (Unfortunately stupid people seem to procreate more, so the intelligent people actually are less adapted to survival.)

    Hooray for your son! Kudos to him.

  17. June 19, 2006    

    first of all… your son rules. well done, young man.


    “I don’t get people. I don’t.”

    Rinda, Rinda, Rinda, Rinda…

    it’s soo simple, so obvious, and yet the truth slips through your fingers like the intrenchant air.

    I will now tell you what you need to know to understand why people do the things they do…

    Brace yourself..

    People Are Stupid…

    That’s it. NOOOO don’t try to make sense out of it or apply logic. THAT way leads to confusion…

  18. June 19, 2006    

    I’m with Doc… people are stupid. Glad you’re smart! hehe

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