The extended use of unbelievably loud, human-and-animal-frightening fireworks this past July 4 period within city limits was unacceptable. These fireworks seemed much louder and lasted longer than in past years. Maybe it was the nice weather. Regardless, the daily release of these bombs of noise extended well beyond the permitted hours with little apparent enforcement by the police (admittedly a difficult assignment for them). Clearly, the participants in this exercise had no regard for their neighbors who did have to work or for the dogs and cats that cowered in basements for hours, fearing to leave. Or for the normal city residents who simply wanted some peace as they tried to enjoy the lovely weather on their porches. I urge the City Council to change the ordinance to the way it once was. Make fireworks illegal to use anytime within the city limits.
JOEL A. VILENSKY Fort Wayne