WARNING: Explosives ahead
Things to remember for the 4th of July:
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.