ALBANY PARK — It's that time of year again — the week before the Fourth of July, when community Facebook pages become clogged with posts asking, "Was that fireworks or gunshots?"
How to tell the difference?
Short answer: It's really difficult.
An online search will turn up plenty of discussion about fireworks' "pop" versus gunshots' "crack" and there's a popular YouTube video that attempts to demonstrate the audio difference between the two.
If your sense of hearing fails, try smelling: fireworks tend to reek of sulfur.
Over the weekend, a man in Pennsylvania was found shot to death. Neighbors heard the shots but said they didn't call police because they assumed the sound was fireworks.
Bottom line, police say: If you think you hear something that could be gunshots, call 911.
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