Dr. Shapiro's Question of the Day II by ShapiroA

Question 2

(This question was on my nametag on February 8, 2016.)

I walked around my neighborhood at midnight last night, watching festivities that I could barely have slept through if I'd tried. What did I see, hear, and smell on nearly every block? (I'm just looking for a single answer here.)

FIRECRACKERS (for Lunar New Year)