The thunderous sound of fireworks — their blasts sudden, deafening and often terrifyingly similar to gunfire — have reverberated throughout the Bay Area in recent weeks.
Residents in the big cities and even in the quieter suburbs report the explosions started over Memorial Day weekend and have persisted through June, waking them in the night, interrupting their babies’ naps and scaring their pets.
Fireworks packaging has been found around Lake Merritt in Oakland, and Nextdoor boards and Twitter are filling up with news of the booms and bangs in San Francisco.
“I’m losing my mind,” said SF resident J. Barry. “We’re in South Bernal and it’s been super challenging for us. We rescued a dog at the start of quarantine, and she’s obviously not responding well to all of this, nor are our 4- and 6-year-old children. The M80s or M1000s are nothing short of heart stopping. One went off last night at 2:30 a.m. and shook our house, windows, ceiling fans. Our family of four was all up for about two hours trying to calm down. So we are all a mess today.”
In Hayes Valley, someone posted a sign to a post reading, “Whoever is setting firecrackers in the neighborhood at night, please stop. It’s freaking out all our dogs and they’re terrified of the loud noises.”
One Twitter user in San Francisco reported the fireworks are sometimes so loud that car alarms go off and apartment windows rumble.
The pyrotechnic activity mostly occurs at night, sometimes into the early morning hours. A Twitter user commented that the Palo Alto fireworks usually run from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. nightly.
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