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With all that's happening right now, and this time of year, there are lots of explosions going on. At a distance I'm not TOO concerned, but still. It would be a great time for the terrorists to wage war and many people will think fireworks. Last night there was quite a number of these explosions rather close, within a few blocks. After hearing them and thinking "gun or fireworks" they didn't have the sharp crack of a firearm, so fireworks. But what happens on the 4th when lots of fireworks are going on? Ok, no official displays and it's illegal to set them off within the city limits, but still lots of fireworks going off for the next two weeks.

I found this video, which isn't exactly helpful. I nailed the first pair, but not the second. I think its detrimental to include an indoor shot as that is a totally different sound than outdoors. I missed the second pair. The next video after this one on the automatic play is pretty decent too. I DON"T agree with the cadence. Two or three slow shots followed by four or five faster shots. That's what happened in the shooting I witnessed. Same with the one I heard a block away. Don't trust cadence!

 

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Me too. At a distance, it is very difficult to distinguish one from the other. Just as an example, last night we heard what sounded like a burst of automatic weapon fire. It was at quite a distance, so it was really impossible to tell. Then about 5 minutes later, another burst. These were clearly heard inside the house.

I have found two resources that help in such situations. First...Ham Radio, or more properly, having a scanner capable of receiving your local law enforcement dispatches. I assume that IF it was real gunfire, 911 would light up and officers would be dispatched. In this case, no dispatches...no EMS calls either.

Second, we have a local phone app that shows all PD / Fire / EMS / traffic accidents etc in our whole county. Nothing showed on the app within 5 miles or more.

@RedSafety you must live somewhere close to us!

EDIT Just a note to those who might be looking for a capable scanner. They are not cheap, but are pretty much a lifetime investment. This is the one we use. No programming necessary. Just enter your zip code and you're ready.


This is another one that works the same:

 

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It was summer time with windows open and not around a holiday. We live on a cul-de-sac. Our fence is shared with seven neighbors. My wife and I heard what sounded like a single big bore gunshot. A neighbor called the police. The officer checked with all of the neighbors. Each one heard it from a different direction. Nothing ever came of it. It was either a firecracker or an indoor ND.
 

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It is extremely difficult to identify gunshot vs firework, and even more so to get a true reading on direction. Block walls, houses, even a body of water can really screw up the directional sense we have through hearing. I generally don't pay much attention to unidentified firing objects unless they are close and I hear sirens.
 

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It is extremely difficult to identify gunshot vs firework, and even more so to get a true reading on direction. Block walls, houses, even a body of water can really screw up the directional sense we have through hearing. I generally don't pay much attention to unidentified firing objects unless they are close and I hear sirens.
By the time you hear sirens, in many areas, you could be in the middle of a nightmare. Things can go south pretty quickly in the 15-25 minute normal response time. Fortunately, or unfortunately, our response time is under 5 minutes, often 1-2 minutes.

I talk to the police every time I see them at a store or in our parking lot. Check up on them, thank them, bid them a good, slow day. So far, other than the one mentally unstable person who had the FBI stalking him and the little car damaging riot, things are pretty stable here, for now. We have a few college campuses, including a state university, so that could change anytime here with these trained useful idiots running around. Little do they know that they would be high on their desired communist/socialist regime's hit list should their nightmares become reality.
 

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Where I am now I don't think I've heard a siren more that half a dozen times in the last year - all were ambulances.
 
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