THE GREAT FIREWORK DEBATE Every single year, at about this time, there starts a…
THE GREAT FIREWORK DEBATE
Every single year, at about this time, there starts a debate on social media about Fireworks.
I am sure that if our local MP used e-mail, he would get inundated with requests that he try and get the law changed to restrict the use of fireworks.
Some people love them, others hate them. It is certainly true that in recent years the November 5th date seems to be a lot less important to those who want to set off fireworks at around this time of the year.
When I was a child growing up in Totton, it was far more common for a back garden fireworks party to be held only on November 5th. It generally comprised of a bonfire and a box of fireworks that were actually more dangerous than the ones we have now, but didn't include the really loud ones that you could hear across the whole of Totton.
Sadly, the loud noises have quite a profound affect on some people and especially some animals. There are military veterans who suffer terribly by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Not so many these days, but still very significant distress for those that do.
Cats and dogs and other animals very often find loud fireworks let off to be a distressing experience.
I think politicians get caught between the people who love animals and experience the distress with their pets, first hand and the people who enjoy fireworks and get very upset at the suggestion that their fun should be curtailed.
So what are politicians supposed to do? I am sure there is an element of MP's shirking from the issue…. realising that they will get an uncomfortable period at this time of year and then it becomes forgotten.
Perhaps the answer lies with restricting the noise fireworks make? Personally, I think fireworks are thrilling because of the visual side of it. I don't get any buzz by the loud bangs.
Just as a matter of interest, have you written a letter to our local MP? How did he respond?
Do you think people are acting selfishly, by setting off fireworks on any night that suits them?
Would you favour "silent" or low noise fireworks?
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