Fireworks or gunfire

The following post was originally published in July 2011. Some of the persons interviewed have retired or changed jobs since the post was published.

How do you know if that popping sound down the block is an M-80 fire cracker, a 9 mm semi-automatic or a 12-gauge shotgun? The Eastsider asked some folks who are familiar with the sounds of the 4th of July to help tell the difference.

Fireworks on Laveta Terrace in Echo Park

Illegal fireworks on Laveta Terrace, Echo Park, in 2019

Fire Works in Highland Park done by our neighbors from about 7pm to 12 am on July 4, 2009.

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Jesus Sanchez is the publisher of The Eastsider. He has more than 30 years of experience in newspaper and online journalism and has been a staff writer at USA Today and the LA Times. He lives in Echo Park.

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