Di, of Pensitivity101, is our host for Truthful Tuesday. This week, Di asks us:
Do you think the sale of fireworks should be restricted?
I used to enjoy going to the fireworks displays that many towns, cities, and major metropolises put on, especially for the Fourth of July (Independence Day) celebrations in the U.S. But nowadays it seems that places will find any excuse for shooting off fireworks. So it’s not so special to me anymore.
And for those of us who are dog owners and whose dogs totally freak out at the sounds of exploding fireworks, we dread — or at least I dreaded — fireworks. Our previous dog was one such dog, and watching her shake and shiver and try to hide in a bathtub when the fireworks were going on was heartbreaking.
Fortunately, our new dog doesn’t seem to be fazed by the sound of exploding fireworks. She hears them, cocks her head, but doesn’t seem to be bothered by or scared of them.
Now, as to Dis question, I have mixed feelings. I don’t think the sale for professional fireworks displays should be forbidden. But I do think that fireworks to individuals who irresponsibly set them off at all hours in residential neighborhood should be limited. Especially in areas like mine that have suffered through severe drought situations and where wayward sparks could (and have) set off some major wildfires.
I’m all about freedom, and that’s the argument people will toss out if there are restrictions imposed on individuals who want to buy and set off their own fireworks. But that freedom has to be weighed against the potential damage that the irresponsible handling of those fireworks might cause.