Sounded like a War Zone!
Mike Phipps/West Meadowbrook letter to Mayor, City Council members and Neighborhood/Homeowner Association Presidents, July 6, 2020
This trash is just a small amount of what was left behind from all the illegal fireworks being discharged at Oakland Park on July 4th, 2020.
I guess peoples right to illegally possess and set off fireworks and TRASH our parks and totally disrupt our serenity and place our homes and our overall wellbeing in danger is far more important than our right to be SAFE inside our own homes. This is no longer something we have to endure one night during the July 4th holiday, it started 2 weeks before and is still going on. Something has to be done because I have never felt more in danger inside my own home as I did this year.
Something MUST be done!!! Each year all we hear from the powers is that the possession of and the release of fireworks in the Fort Worth city limits is illegal and provide us with different means to report but not to us 911. It is a 911 situation when our fears reach the level they have this year. Reporting is a joke and seems to be a total waste of time. Most callers are told there is nothing they can do but will put a call out.
Some callers even said they had call takers laugh when calling to report. Others said they didn’t know an exact house number when calling in but would give a block number and street name and was told that they couldn’t take a report without having an exact address. It is obvious that what is in place to keep us safe from the illegal fireworks is not working.
Fireworks are illegal in the City of Fort Worth. By ordinance the possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling and use of fireworks are prohibited.
What can we start doing as citizens, from this day forward, to bring about our right to be safe within our own homes when so much illegal activity is taking place around us?
We don’t know if we’re going to get hit by stray bullets, whether we are going to lose our homes due to fire when rockets are landing on our rooftops, if we are going to be struck by a stray firework. There is too much at risk to continue to allow these illegal behavior to continue because they are escalating, this year has been the worst.
It might be helpful if someone, Mayor Price, City Manager, City Attorneys, state representatives to share with us what is being done at local or state levels to address this problem.
Reducing the power and number of rounds of fireworks that are getting into the possession of civilians might be a good start. Some of what we hear are more like explosives not fireworks. Some of the items sold shoot off multiple rounds, Midnight Menace 52 rounds, Loud, Louder, Loudest 9 Shooter, Burning for you, Excaliburs, Shock Wave 16 Shot etc. They are endless.
When police come in contact with someone in possession of fireworks confiscating every one of them must be done as well, not just tell them they aren’t legal to set off.
What is just as maddening is how all our hard work and volunteer hours cleaning trash and debris from the whole park just one week prior was ALL for nothing!!!
Thanks, Mike Phipps
This is the bag of trash Kat cleaned up from the Kwik Kopy parking lot. Many of the firecrackers were NOT exploded, fortunately, they were sopping wet on Monday morning. The bigger fireworks blew holes in our parking lot asphalt!
Little boys can be dumb, and they want to set off the unexploded fireworks they find. Usually, when that happens, fingers get burnt off, or worse.
I would support a total ban on public firework sales.