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BEREA-- A Strongsville man says a Christmas fireworks display ruined Thanksgiving dinner and now he is suing his neighbor for $3,000. It's all over a seven-minute firework display on Crown Point Parkway in Strongsville. 

The two men were once friends. Now, they are stuck between a lawsuit.

"It's all about nothing to me and it could have been resolved simply by walking over or making a simple phone call," said Dan Hoag.

Kevin Roberts is suing Dan Hoag stating his fireworks display caused damage to his car, his roof and his lawn.  Roberts got an estimate of $300 for cleaning up the mess, a job he ended up doing himself.

"I hope he ceases doing it. He can have his lights and celebrate and I don't want to be involved in it.  I was involved in it and I'm no longer and that is all there is to it," said Roberts.

Magistrate Lawrence Sheehe Jr. did not rule on the case on Wednesday morning. 

He wanted more time to view the documents presented to him.  His ruling will be sent to both parties in writing in the coming days.

"I was pleased to see that Mr. Hoag apologized and now I think he realizes what he is doing is not fun to other people, especially his neighbor," Roberts said.

While both parties wait for the decision from the judge the question now becomes what will their relationship be like moving forward.

"I'd be happy to shake his hand and move forward. I have no animosity. I like the guy. He is actually a nice guy when you get to know him," Hoag said.

"I'm not going to pay any attention to him. We're pretty much done," said Roberts.

No matter how Judge Sheehe Jr. rules, one thing is certain, the show must go on.

"The lighting is still going to go on. We may have to tweak and change some of the things we do and if I have to do that to maintain peace," said Hoag, "I'm more than willing to do it."

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