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WARNING: Explosives ahead

Things to remember for the 4th of July:

  1. Fireworks can blow off your fingers. Humboldt County had a gruesome reminder of this basic fact last 4th of July when an off-duty sheriff and a little girl held a firecracker while lighting it.  The firecracker was illegal — and supplied by the deputy — who asked the girl to help him light it.  A little common sense, please, Darwin Award wannabes.
  2. Lock up your pets. Dozens of pets run away every 4th, spooked by the bombs bursting in air.  Take care of your animals and prevent traffic hazards. No one wants a head-on with Fido. Go to petharbor.com to find lost pets (thanks, Kym).
  3. Beware the roving band of little bastards: A couple years ago a dog was briefly put in a car with the windows cracked while the owners said good-bye to their 4th of July party hosts in Eureka.  A small group of hoodlums walked by and slipped a lit firecracker in the car with the dog, who died of smoke inhalation.

Here’s a little something to desensitize your nerves for the holiday.

  1. owltotem
    July 3, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    This is just like the olden days in the hills of humboldt :) sep we had women.

  2. The Big Picture
    July 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    It’s amazing that more Americans aren’t suffering Post Ironic Stress Syndrome.

    Who would have thought our fascination with booze, guitars and guns are also celebrated in the Middle East?

    And the Casino funding Ferndale’s fireworks? I wonder what the first white settlers would have thought of that?

    One day, maybe our “community media” will report on the elementary schools in China and Peru that periodically explode killing and wounding scores of children who make the damn things after classes…when they’re not taking their English lessons.

  3. owltotem
    July 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Tell me these are not happy people?

  4. July 3, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    My guess is, that given the instruments, green pastures and insane behavior, these are Bosnians.

  5. July 3, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Hey, My Gravatar

  6. July 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    How close can we get a fireworks barge
    to the egret rookery.
    Let’s show these birds how patriotic we are,
    they need to know, and nothing says America
    as pop and boom.
    Who pays for this crap? And why?

  7. Anonymous
    July 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Yes. How close indeed?

  8. Walt
    July 3, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    The bouzoukis they got from their grandparents, the Glocks came from us.

  9. Anonymous
    July 3, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Dumb and now deaf.

  10. Anonymous
    July 3, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Joel- funny you should mention Bosnia, that is what the cops called the West Side. I heard that info before Garr came to town. We do not hear gunfire like the old days.

  11. Anonymous
    July 3, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    WEST SIDE was called Little Bosnia.

  12. Heidi
    July 3, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    A Community is what we make of it, not what others call it.

  13. Decline To State
    July 3, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Ahhh, gotta love these symbols of freedom…explosions, 4th of July Sales and lots and lots of flags. Sigh.

    I’m thinking the Founding Fathers would be horrified. But still, I’m headed to the Arcata Plaza to be part of the fun.

  14. Anonymous
    July 3, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    This is Eureka so we can fire of the fireworks next to the egret rookery and kill some baby bears too.

  15. SmokeMonster
    July 3, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Westside eureka = “little Bosnia”?

    Will you 5 newbies to Humboldt STFU about how ‘dangerous’ it ‘used to be’.The pathetically overdramatic memories of this section of town are as absurd as fox news typical scare tactics.

  16. The Big Picture
    July 4, 2011 at 12:12 am


    Depending on wind patterns, the pulp mills were far more life-threatening.

  17. Percy
    July 4, 2011 at 7:34 am

    How could “the smell of money” be life threatening?

  18. Anonymous
    July 4, 2011 at 10:39 am

    SmokeMonster-you don’t know anything.

  19. Anonymous
    July 4, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Ahh nothing like drinking, singing and shooting your gun in the park. Is that Redwood Park on 420?

  20. Anonymous
    July 4, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    All the nightly gunfire people claim they were hearing was coming from new big screen TV sets with big subwoofers. Every crime show on TV made the sound so realistic that people believed it was the real thing. Either that or the gunfire was going off in their imaginations. Eureka has never been as violent at the chicken littles around here say.

  21. al anon
    July 4, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    heraldo, is the title of this piece, warning explosives ahead, some kind of comment on the post that precedes it, dump dave?

  22. July 4, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    No, it means explosives, dogs, drunks and stupid people are a terrible combination, as proven every year.

    I’m sure Tyson is in there somewhere.

  23. Anonymous
    July 4, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Don’t leave out the stooge in the Uncle Sam suit at the council meeting. Thanks Mike for making my neighborhood sound like world war II. And thanks for the smoke and stink. maybe you can pick up the used fireworks on the sidewalk while you are at it. How are the egrets in the rookery taking to the fireworks.

  24. Anonymous
    July 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Bullets coming back down are almost as dangerous as those shot at a person directly. That behavior is ignorant and should be a thing of the past.

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