Mayor, Cops Warn Against Illegal Fireworks, Rooftop Parties, Fun
The Staten Island Advance, playfully we assume, has polled readers on the question, "Do you intend to report illegal fireworks activity on Staten Island tomorrow?" You'll be happy to hear it's currently running 3-to-1 against. Comments are even better: "No rat here!" "Im so glad I am in florida just for the 4th to shoot off fireworks galore," "Yes, I will rat on my neighbors. I hate them. It's either rat them out or pee in their pool again," etc. Blow a finger off for freedom!
Update: At Slate, Troy Patterson in defense of backyard fireworks and against "the professional fireworks display... an exercise in pomposity, aggression, triumphalism, and hubris." Photo (cc) Wesley Oostvogels.