What do contraband fireworks and border jumpers have in common? Let’s just call them “unauthorized” already.

Apparently, the word “illegal” has become tainted with the stain of politicization such that its description has become a double entendre shitshow of muddled meanings and arguments.

Local ABC outlet, KABC 7, Tweeted a 2 minute video taken from its roving newscopter last night highlighting the swarm of backyard  and block party firework displays last night in order to visualize how rampant illegal fireworks have become in the metropolitan Los Angeles area.

As evidenced by some of the Tweeted replies, the phrase “illegal fireworks” opens up a can of worms for some.



It doesn’t help that many of the illegal fireworks in SoCal are funneled through Mexico by, and lit by Hispanics in their own yards and neighborhoods in an act of disobedient eschewing of professional fireworks shows at parks and other outdoor venues which is what “respectable” and civilized folks do. It’s not that they are more “patriotic” in any sense of the word. It’s about explosions and dramatic loud macho behavior akin to shooting your gun at the sky.¬† The Mexican neighborhoods and families prefer small collectives of celebration rather than codified celebrations of demarcated legal allowance.

Apparently, KABC wasn’t sure how to address the semantic issue, so they wavered.

Fireworks can both be illegal,


and unauthorized,


My vote is for “unauthorized.”¬† It is more palatable to the liberal ears than “illegal,” but a bit more punitive than “undocumented.”


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