I was telling our Joan about the fireworks stands that had been going up in my part of the world a couple/few weeks ago and I got the feeling that she didn't believe me when I told her how fireworks are used as a fundraiser here. (Fireworks are illegal in her part of the world and that may have added to her disbelief that churches would sell fireworks to make money.)
That photo? In the parking lot of the local park, which is kitty corner across the street from that high school. There's also a shipping container off to the left that I'm guessing is used for storage for the fireworks. (I was driving by at 8.30 this morning and they were already up and ready for business.)
This one is in a church parking lot and is for some kind of youth ministry or something. As you can see, they are just setting up for the day. Please note the RV/camper in the background. That's where those folks slept last night. Also see the lady sitting in the shade just to the left of the blue and white sign. She didn't even blink when I stopped in the middle of the road to take that photo.
(Because of how many fireworks stands are robbed every year, most of them have people living on-site until the selling is over and done with. Just imagine how much fun that must be.)
This is the one I told Joan about the other day and I doubt she believed me. Not only have they taken over a parking lot, but, on Friday, there was a huge fire truck in the parking lot. Not on a call. Just hangin' out. My tax dollars at work.
Just to show you how common theft is at fireworks stands, here's the google search for stolen fireworks in my area. I was complaining the other day that those thefts are so common, they shouldn't really qualify as news anymore. One of those 'same thing happens every year' deals.
I keep hoping someone will smarten up and outlaw fireworks because they are so much trouble waiting to happen. However, as long as they are used as a fundraiser, that's not going to happen. Doesn't mean I have to like it, though.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got Tour de Fleece spinning to do.
May your Sunday be safe, sane and quiet.