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Neighbors throwing plastic crap in your yard, AKA fireworks  RSS feed

 
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Anybody else have a redneck neighbor upwind who shoots off hundreds of dollars of fireworks every 4th of July, leaving thousands of little plastic tubes in your yard?  See http://www.usfireworks.biz/labels/factory%20saturn%20missile%20Whistling%20botle%20rocket.html

Every firework that whistles has a plastic tube.  Some of these have hundreds per package.  Here is a video of 48 packages set off at once:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjZ_OObed-c  That's 14,400 plastic tubes spread all over the place.

My neighbor is a real jerk so trying to reason with him is pointless.

What galls me is if I were to throw a few buckets of plastic tubes all over my neighborhood, I'd probably get arrested.  But if you shoot them up in the air, you're fulfilling you patriotic duty.

I am seriously thinking about writing my congresspersons about this.  We have all kinds of anti-littering laws, but it's just dandy to carpet bomb the neighborhood with plastic tubes?
 
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I have found that writing to congressmen is a waste of a stamp.  Maybe 1% of elected officials will even read incoming mail.  They usually have a staffer read all incoming mail, who then responds with a generic form letter thanking you for your input.  About the only thing accomplished, is you have now been put on his/her mailing list.
 
                                                
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I just get teh lawn mower out and run over them a few times. Sunday AM on my retunr from work I saw a 2" rocket hull in the road just up the street.

I was thinking Damn, if that thing hit the house or a person they'd be one hurting unit.
 
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Not sure how a lawn mower is any solution to plastic tubes

Adunca I hear ya and it's more than the plastic tubes that pollute - there's apparently heavy metals used for coloring and water pollution issues with fireworks.

I often feel the same way about junk mail and "free" editions of newspapers.  Would it not be sensible to make junk mail a thing of the past?  They don't even have the pretty colors of fireworks.  I keep getting "free" issues of the local newspaper and recently somehow we got a "complementary" subscription for no reason.  Seeing as none of us ordered it and don't go out every morning to fetch them within no time there was already a prodigious amount of newspapers complete with plastic sleeves and rubber bands.  Making a stack of them I can envision a big chunk of a tree maybe older than me that the paper came from and for just one household.  And of course there's no way to opt out.
 
                                                
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Nathan Johns wrote:
Not sure how a lawn mower is any solution to plastic tubes



Bag them up
 
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