In Virginia, vendors are allowed to sell some kind of lower level fireworks for short period of time prior to Independence Day and on the way home this afternoon, I passed five temporary stands offering an assortment of explosives.

I really don’t get the desire to set off such things (probably my anti-American streak :-), but if that’s what you want to spend your money on, so be it.

However, what I don’t understand is why, in this age of extreme paranoia over just about any human activity that deviates from the “norm”, the government still allows people to buy any kind of stuff that goes boom.