Summer in the ‘Burgh

Here’s a map showing you just how much Pittsburgh loves fireworks

Permits prove our pyromania knows no bounds.

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In Pittsburgh, fireworks are a way of life.

We set them off during baseball games, concerts and football games.

We set them off to commemorate just about every holiday on the calendar.

We set them off while someone else is already setting them off.

In fact, not since the Tang Dynasty has a people so revered and celebrated the concept of aerial pyrotechnics.

But not everyone shares in this enthusiasm, of course. The police hate ‘em. Dogs hate ‘em, too. It’s also not great for air quality.

But the people of Pittsburgh have spoken, and many of them won’t get out of bed in the morning without the promise of a waiting custom-designed mortar display.

In an attempt to quantify this love/obsession/mild case of pyromania, we at The Incline filed a right-to-know request with the City of Pittsburgh seeking all permits for fireworks displays filed between Nov. 28, 2016 and June of this year; who filed them; the dates of the displays; and the locations of the displays.

Our request returned 30 permits in all for fireworks displays coinciding with sporting events, holidays, private parties — essentially all possible justifications.

The applicant names are familiar, too. And while the locations won’t surprise you, the variety might — not to mention there were five fireworks shows permitted in the month of October 2017.

From Dec. 1, 2015 and Nov. 28, 2016, a similar request returned 42 permits, both for fireworks and pyrotechnic displays. Check out that map here.

Without further ado, here are the fireworks displays between Nov. 28, 2016 and June in Pittsburgh.

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