Usually, around this time of the summer, people start doing their own DIY fireworks display. It’s often illegal, generally a nuisance, but not a super big deal. This year, things are different. If you live in a metropolitan area, especially New York and the surrounding boroughs, you have probably noticed that the fireworks are GOING OFF. In many cities, citizens have reported constant loud sonic booms and fireworks going off at all hours of the night. Some left-wing activists on Twitter suspect that it is a deliberate tactic being employed by police or government agents during a time of civil unrest.
However, despite what Twitter thinks, conspiracy theory researcher and debunker Mike Rothschild calls the fireworks conspiracy theory “ridiculous and totally unnecessary,” writing that “it doesn’t appear that there’s any evidence that anyone is giving fireworks to anyone else for nefarious purposes” and adding, “In fact, the ‘fireworks conspiracy theory’ appears to be nothing more than what almost every other conspiracy is: an attempt to find a better explanation than the explanation we’re being given.”
He says that there are so many fireworks on the streets of major cities because of all the “canceled 4th of July shows, baseball games, outdoor concerts, and other pyro-heavy events.
A GOOD NEWS story today!💛
Right now, we are seeing a substantial increase in firework sales.
Professional shows are being cancelled because of COVID, so individuals are coming out and buying a LOT more from their locals!
— Cassidy Wood (@CassidyWoodTV) June 22, 2020
Whether folks are setting off fireworks nightly for fun or for nefarious purposes, Twitter’s got fireworks jokes and memes:
The mf on my block getting ready for everyone to go to sleep he can start popping his fireworks pic.twitter.com/Ze6oWacQJy
— JV (@Aintshitjunior) June 19, 2020
Me after looking into these firework conspiracies pic.twitter.com/tTcLaGfyPS
— if you’re a man shut up. (@battle1812) June 22, 2020
anyone else really fucking sick of the nightly 4 hours of firework explosions pic.twitter.com/xmdI0CTdPK
— dr. badvibes (@nikitamissle) June 22, 2020
I have information about the fireworks that will lead to the arrest of Hillary Clinton
— Edward Ongweso Jr (@bigblackjacobin) June 22, 2020
where’s MY free box of CIA fireworks
— alanamayjohnson (@alanamayjohnson) June 21, 2020
These fireworks done turned y’all from “revolutionaries” into Karens. ♂️♂️
— Machine Gun Funk (@DonnieMossberg) June 22, 2020
it’s me i’m doing all the fireworks sorry i thought ppl would like them
— my pal andy (@andylevy) June 21, 2020
| NO |
| MORE |
| FIREWORKS |
| please |
— Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) June 22, 2020
just another totally normal night of listening to literally tens of thousands of dollars worth of fireworks during a recession
— Matt Buechele (@mattbooshell) June 22, 2020