When I was a child, my parents would take our family to see beautiful fireworks displays on holidays such as the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day. They explained that the “explosions” were symbolic of explosions from gunfire and bombs in battle, during wartime, when men and women fought and died for our freedoms.
I have continued to enjoy the fireworks displays put on by pyrotechnic engineers, accompanied by firefighters to maintain public safety. Some of the most spectacular displays I have seen have been at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
But things have really changed. Fireworks, firecrackers, rockets and many varieties of “bombs” became really popular entertainment in spite of the danger they present by handling them incorrectly. They are readily available for purchase. Even though they are illegal in many areas, including residential areas, they are prevalent. People who put on their own personal fireworks shows don’t worry about complaints or law enforcement because officers have so many other issues of higher priority that firecrackers end up being acceptable.
What is the attraction? Do people just get a thrill making all that racket, regardless of how it bothers their neighbors? They probably don’t take into consideration that some people would like to sleep, and can’t because of the noise. I am sure they don’t consider that those loud noises, like gunshots, might scare small children, elderly people and people with mental illnesses or phobias. They surely don’t consider the trauma and anxiety it causes some military veterans who have flashbacks of bombs and gunfire. And I am sure that it would never occur to them to consider that animals are scared of them, too.
Fireworks in residential areas are illegal, but more than that, they are a very inconsiderate invasion of the peace and quiet people expect when they are in their own homes. There really are many professional displays to go see, so as not to disrupt the peace in a neighborhood. Or, take them to an empty parking lot with lots of space and few people to disturb.