This year wasn't as bad as most around here, although people started earlier than usual, and are setting them off right now (almost 11 p.m. on January
1st). I think a lot of people didn't bother buying any, because the weather is pretty bad (snow last week, sleet for two days, and another week of snow to come). Our streets have been so bad that people have been staying home. The fireworks producers are complaining, though. Last year a lot of people donated the money they would've spent on fireworks to the tsunami victims, and this year a lot of New Year's celebrations had to be canceled.