I will not even address here the possible dangers to those who are personally using the fireworks, as that is your own personal risk that you choose to take, and if you get injured, it’s none of my business.
However, three are three ways your fireworks affect those around you in your community in powerful and dangerous ways, and it is important that people are aware of these.
- Fire danger – especially in this area of drought, dryness, and heat here in Los Angeles, a single spark or ember landing in some dry brush or on someone’s roof could be all it takes to burn down a neighbor’s house or set off the next wildfire. Please note that many people no longer water their lawns, and the dry brush and grass can easily ignite. We certainly don’t need this very real and increased danger.
- Terrified dogs – please be aware that so many dogs are absolutely terrified of loud noises, particularly the pops and booms from fireworks. Many dogs run off panic-stricken, only to get lost or hit by a car. Others, like mine, shake for hours on end in absolute terror, often finding it hard to breathe. I shut all our doors and windows and play loud music to drown it out, but we can still hear the fireworks, and they still sound so close and incredibly loud. I also medicate her (which I would rather not do), but that just takes the edge off it, and she continues to shake and pant, frantic to find a place to hide and be safe. It is heartbreaking to watch her suffer for hours like this. And there are lingering effects as well – she is now also afraid to go outside for a walk, which she desperately needs to do in order to stay healthy.
- Combat veterans – there are numerous combat veterans living in these residential areas, in our own neighborhoods. Many of them saw and experienced unimaginable horrors; many are injured, have lost limbs, are paralyzed, are in wheelchairs, and/or have PTSD. These fireworks can easily and automatically trigger intense horrific memories as though those horrors are happening now, and many of these brave and courageous veterans have panic attacks. Please have a heart and allow them to live in peace.
There are a lot of good reasons why many of these fireworks are illegal and should be stopped. Please find some compassion within you and know that your illegal fireworks affect so many others around you – every single pop and boom could strike terror and suffering in numerous others.
Please leave the fireworks to the professionals in designated areas. Or, if you insist on setting them off anyway, please at least be courteous enough to do it at a reasonable hour, such as from 9:00-10:00 pm, on the specific holiday. Please do not set them off all day long, for weeks before and weeks after, or after midnight. So many people are affected by what you do, and you are disrupting and terrorizing countless innocent lives.
I hope you can realize how much what you do affects others, and I ask you to please have a little compassion and common courtesy for your neighbors.
Kindness is what is most needed in this world. The more kind, compassionate, and courteous we are to each other, the more all of our lives improve, and the better this world will be.
I am kind to you. Will you please be kind to me and to all of our neighbors?
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