Driving home today there was local news story on the radio about how the local emergency lines had been completely filled by noise complaints during this 4th of July holiday.
Apparently people were calling 911 to report private fireworks as excessive noise. This 4th was the first time after they legalized many fireworks. Prior to this most fireworks that left the ground or exploded were banned from use. There was a lot more private use than in previous years. They had a police officer talking who said that 1). they shouldn't be using the emergency lines to report noise complaints and 2.) local rules prohibit officers from enforcing noise ordinances on and around certain holidays like the 4th.
I didn't realize that second bit. Kind of makes sense, but I can see where people would still want to enjoy some peace during the holiday (like me, who had to work on the 5th).
Edited, Jul 12th 2012 6:16pm by TirithRR