The community fireworks were held near here last night. We thought we might be able to see and hear them in the backyard. We went out at dark and saw flickering to the south, over the roof of the house. It was very faint, and we could hear nothing. We watched a bit and grumbled about how disappointing the experience was. Just as we were about to give up and go in, the real fireworks erupted over the trees in the east. We’d been watching a thunderstorm 50 miles away.