Not everyone loves the 4th of July. When the holiday falls in the middle of the week, as it did this year, many have to get up and work the next day. Getting a good night’s sleep isn’t always easy, as some revelers like to party late. That’s why one neighbor took it on himself to send a note to his neighbors.
“Just before the summer holiday, an anonymous letter was sent to several residents of a Chesterfield Township subdivision (in Michigan), promising to make their ‘lives miserable for days and months to come’ if fireworks were set off on the Fourth of July,” Fox Writes. “The letter’s author worked an early morning shift and had said last year’s celebration had caused him or her to lose sleep.”
The letter’s author could have been nicer, but adopted a much more combative tone.
“[I]f this happens again this year, I will make yours, and your neighbors’ lives miserable for days and months to come. I will take my frustrations out on the whole Dove Lane block, and I’ll keep the retaliations lasting forever,” the person wrote. “You don’t know when I’ll retaliate, but it WILL happen, and it will happen over and over again. NOTHING will be ruled out in regards to how I retaliate.”
The letter was received by Tony Ivanaj. Ivanaj said the note was “just vague enough to make you feel uncomfortable.”
Ivanaj, though, wasn’t going to knuckle under to a slug. He decided to go ahead with his party and invited his neighbors. Together, and in direct opposition to the letter, the crew hosted a block party. They even shot fireworks.
“This plan definitely backfired,” Ivanaj said about the letter’s threatening tone.
He then addressed the letter’s author. “I really appreciate everything that you did because you brought people together in a way that I’m sure anyone involved had no idea could’ve happened.”
News of the menacing letter and the block party eventually reached the police. They had no problem with the festivities, and are looking into the letter.
“The Chesterfield Township Police Department said fireworks cannot be used between midnight and 8 a.m. The township also only allows fireworks to be set off on certain days, which includes Independence Day,” Fox notes.
Even though it may not have been to the author’s liking, the block party conformed to the letter of the law.