The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Letters

July 2, 2014

Home fireworks

Why the fad? Home fireworks? What is it? Frankly I am beyond sick and tired of them! Go to YouTube, search on “home fireworks gone wrong” and plan to spend some significant time viewing page after page of amateurs and their failures, and the aftermath. From burned faces and burned hands to burned homes, idiot after idiot tries to replicate what only those trained in pyrotechnics should even think about. Really, watch some.

Fireworks used to be done on July 4 only, at specific events. Now any three-day weekend seems an excuse for this lunacy. I have absolutely no pity when, inevitably, there’s a news story about some amateur who tops off his holiday with a trip to the local ER, or the burn unit at Allentown. Perhaps the next holiday they will take the family to see the professional demonstration instead.

I used to be a district safety manager for six states, for a very large corporation. I was professionally trained in a myriad of safety aspects, including fire safety. That training is with me today.

However, on a personal level, I will never forget rushing to my mother’s house after a panic call, to find her sitting on the floor of the front porch, cradling and rocking the dead body of her beloved Doberman. The dog was deathly afraid of fireworks, and several times each year this poor animal was subject to the climax of a neighbor’s picnic wherein they set off thunderous fireworks.

No matter how my mother tried to calm the dog (this was prior to the animal “thunder-shirts” now available), on July 4, 1999 her “Gretta” literally died of fright.

The fireworks fad spills into other undesirable areas. My neighbor told me why his dog won’t go into its kennel when it hears fireworks. Apparently years prior a neighbor kid saw the sleeping pup, and decided it would be funny to throw a M80 in on the unsuspecting puppy. I’m involved in many animal rescue groups, and have had my fill of even more vicious attacks using fireworks, which leave the animals burned, physically harmed, and even dead.

So please, don’t tell me you’re playing with fireworks because you have kids and they want to see them. I’ll tell you right now those kids will see where you store them, and even if you don’t manage to blow your hand off, either your kids will be hurt trying to imitate you, or they will hurt another child or animal. Take your family to the expert shows, in a designated safe area.

Glenda Wolfe,

Sunbury

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