The answer, of course, is that they’re making a movie … and 2016 Dorchester is apparently a perfect stand-in for 1967 Detroit:
The movie, which is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow, known for her 2009 Academy Award winning Best Film “The Hurt Locker,” feature rising star John Boyega of 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The film is about a 1967 riot in Detroit and an infamous murder that took place during the unrest. The scenes shot in Dorchester have included simulated gunshots, according to neighbors who have reported the sounds on social media. [Dorchester Reporter, 8/4/2016]
This spot is a few blocks from where I live, so I’m not sure whether I’ve heard any simulated gunshots. And how does one distinguish them from real gunshots?
I’m guessing that the architecture of the residences on Ashmont Street must bear a close resemblance to the architecture in the relevant parts of Detroit half a century ago — not that I know why they’re similar, but it’s the only explanation I can think of. At the moment, this section of Ashmont Street is filled with huge trucks, gigantic lights, and all sorts of unidentifiable random equipment: