Gosh, why would somebody advertise something in Boston that's illegal here?

Fireworks ad in Mattapan

And why would a billboard owner let them?

This billboard sits at the intersection of Blue Hill Avenue and Morton Street in Mattapan. There's another one in Jamaica Plain.

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I had the same question

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I had the same question yesterday when I drove past this sign. So if one can advertise their NH Fireworks store in Mattapan, why not ads for Massachusetts banned assault weapons, so long as one buys them out of state? Where is the upper limit?

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Federal law prohibits a gun

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Federal law prohibits a gun dealer from selling to out of state residents. If a Mass resident wants to purchase a gun in NH, it has to be arranged so that the NH dealer sends the firearm to a MA dealer, who then transfers possession to the buyer. But if it is a weapon that is not approved for sale in MA, the MA dealer cannot transfer it. So a NH dealer advertising banned weapons for sale to MA residents would essentially be an announcement that they were flouting federal law. As far as I know, it is not illegal for NH stores to sell fireworks to MA residents, as MA residents could legally purchase and use fireworks in NH. It only becomes an issue if the MA resident takes them back to MA. And then it's the buyer that is violating the law. While it's stupid for NH companies to advertise fireworks in MA, it isn't really the same as advertising assault weapons would be.

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Or even worse

Not like anything could happen here or anything ...
IMAGE(http://christineslusser.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/doingitwrong5.jpg)

Then there is that NH insurance agent with the huge stockpile on his deck. Burned down his house, grandkids airlifted to Boston with horrible burns ... live free and die!

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Fireworks Billboard

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There is a similar one in Orient Heights, East Boston at the corner of Saratoga and Bennington Sts. How is this legal?

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Your Right... It's like

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Your Right... It's like advertising a Store that sells weed, can a store that sells weed out of Denver Colorado place an ad on a billboard in Boston.

Tired of Fireworks!!

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Based on the number of fireworks that were lit in the past month in Mattapan, they know their demographic.

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Around this time of year

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In Fields Corner it's fireworks every night, sometimes until 1 or 2 in the morning. And sometimes during daylight hours!!!. On the streets, in the backyards, in the parks.
Fireworks are dangerous, causing personal injury and fires. I know someone who lost a finger as a kid as a result of fireworks.
If you call the cops, they do the best they can, but it's overwhelming. Based on previous years, it starts in mid June and continues until the end of summer.

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lawn mowers or weed whackers

lawn mowers or weed whackers cause personal injury and fires too, but nobody ever listens to me when i want to ban them

Edit: jokes on me, i should have complained they were noisy and the municipality would have caved

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Last night and this morning

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It sounded like a war zone last night around Park St in Dorchester, all night until around 1. Some were extremely powerful and loud.
And then this morning!! around 11 AM !!, friggin fireworks again. WTF, people!

Another one

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There is also one in Codman Square at the intersection of Talbot and Norfolk

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Who cares what Mass doesn't allow?

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Its Massachusetts. The list of what is NOT banned in your wimpy little 'nanny state' would be much shorter. I'm thinking the Phantom Fireworks Company wants to appeal to those Americans still living there who don't take kindly to all the Bay State government's regulations and will purchase and use fireworks if they feel like it. Check out the NH fireworks stores parking lots this time of year. They are filled with Massachusetts license plates - AND, there's not even a sales tax. I love it..

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I wonder why a cartoon pooch name

..is such a popular moniker for right wing gen x guy trolls?

I run into it in a number of unrelated sites.

It's as if the complexities of this shades of gray grown up world are impossibly oppressive and bewildering.

It's as if they have some powerful urge to regress back to a happy thumb sucking childhood in pajamas while their favorite Saturday morning animations roll across their mind screens.

It would be unbearably poignant if they weren't so obstinately vile.

I was already out and about as a pipsqueak adult by the time the cathode rays were alive with that glowing mediocrity.

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Gee, you ever think

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that there's a reason they advertise in neighborhoods already plagued with gun violence? Covers up the real firearms!

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And yet...

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Here you are, hangin' out with all us "nanny staters." What--not enough interesting NH based web sites? No scintillating conversations going on up north for ya?

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I'll type slow so you can understand, Scoob

Oh, Scoob, I won't use too many big, hard words to explain this, so I hope you understand. Raise your hand when you don't.

(Ha ha, that's a joke, I can't see you through the computer, so put your arm down, now.)

In Massachusetts, we have these places called "cities" where many people live close to each other. In cities, there aren't too many moose and the roads are all paved and you can buy clothes and food from stores not named Sam's Club and Target. I know it is difficult to imagine if you live in New Hampshire, but cities are magical places, where garbage is picked up so you don't have to burn it in your back yard.

Because people live near each other, they observe rules so no one's house is burnt down. One of those rules is, "Don't toss items into the sky that burn at up to 3000 degrees and get blown around by the wind, if you have wooden houses next to each (see above "Cities").

See, wood is flammable (hint: that means "burny").

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always amazes me that

a guy too dumb to operate sparklers is somehow smart enough to make a high six figure income on an oil scam with a communist dictatorship.

always amazes me that

a guy too dumb to operate sparklers is somehow smart enough to make a high six figure income on an oil scam with a communist dictatorship.

always amazes me that

a guy too dumb to operate sparklers is somehow smart enough to make a high six figure income on an oil scam with a communist dictatorship.

North End Schoolyard

My then boyfriend led me through the medieval streetways to a school yard. We told a guy what we wanted and paid, he dispatched a runner, and then we walked through an alley to another location where someone handed us a bag full of what we ordered.

Oh, and there was a Boston cop there, watching the whole proceedings. Wouldn't want any trouble.

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North End School Yard

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yup I did the same thing. I made several runs with a cousin who lived in the 'burbs. We went early on Saturday mornings since we were taking the Orange Line, the old one. There was some considerable markup on the merchandise that was sold abut 15 miles out of the city.

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It was like dealing drugs

We would take the subway in to the North End & buy a bunch of fireworks. A brick of firecrackers (80 packs) was $8 and we would then sell the individual packs to kids in the neighborhood for a quarter each or 5 for $1. Similar markups on other stuff. Because our parents grew up in the city they had no problem with us going in town on our own, other kids whose parents grew up in the suburbs would never let them do that and they wouldn't know where to go to get them anyway.

We would spin that money into more fireworks and start stockpiling ours while selling more so that by the time the 4th rolled around we would be lighting them off all day and still have some leftover. We had a huge block party on our street and the smell of stale beer & gunpowder defined the 5th of July.

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Biffo?

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Was the guy's name 'Biffo'?

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Safe and Sane?

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Am I wrong in that New Hampshire can only sell "Safe and Sane" fireworks? I thought that was their deal since only 46 states allow the sale of some type of firework.

When I was a kid we used to

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When I was a kid we used to buy from a guy on Norwell St, ironically his face and hands had been burn in a fire. So much for life lessons.

Phantom sent me

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an advertisement in the mail as well. They are based out of Ohio and seem to market heavily here, New Jersey, Delaware and New Hampshire.