It's late here, almost midnight, and there was just a boom.
I really dislike the 4th of July in the city. It's been worse, back when we had neighbors who regularly attempted to catch our alley trees on fire every 4th of July. But it's still a tad bit terrifying to hear those booms in the middle of the night.
I love my neighborhood. I love my city. But let's be honest. It can be scary and it can be a little gun-happy in the summertime. And when you hear a boom or a crack, that's what you think first. Someone just shot somebody else. Then you remember that it's almost July and people are just getting a headstart on their illegal fireworks displays.
And that 11:30 isn't late for everyone.