reply to post by DontTreadOnMe
I agree people should be safe. And to be honest I never said, nor do I believe that fireworks are a "right" by any definition. Normally I would get
all constitutional, but I just don't see fireworks as a right.
At the same time I don't see someone else "peace and quiet" as being a right at all, on the 4th of July. This is a day in America where it's known and
accepted that fireworks are going to be set off. Many cities have government-sponsored large scale firework shows. That's the main issue that I am
against, is people getting all upset because it's too noisy for them. Well it's the 4th of July, what do you expect? That's like saying you can't
stand how bright the neighborhood is during Christmas because everyone has their Christmas lights on.
Most every place, even those where fireworks are legal, have a curfew where you can't be noisy past a certain time, 11PM or whatever it is. If someone
is setting off fireworks after the curfew, they are just being noisy neighbors, it's nothing to do with fireworks. How is it any different than a
neighbor that throws huge parties that blast loud music until 4 in the morning.
The 4th of July for me is hanging around with some good friends, having some beer and BBQ, then setting off some fireworks. I'll do it whether or not
it's legal, but I'm not going to be shooting off bottle rockets into people's houses or throwing firecrackers at their cats. That's called
douchebaggery and has nothing to do with fireworks.
In the several decades that I have been setting off massive amounts of legal and illegal fireworks on the 4th, I've never set my, or anybody else
house or property on fire. My neighbor set my lawn on fire one year, but the funny thing is that was with normal LEGAL fireworks. Those silly little
ground blooms that just spin around on the ground and spit fire shot into my grass.
So yeah, people should be safe, but stuff happens. There was really no way for my neighbor to stop said firework from getting into my lawn. They spin
around all over the place and he can't control where it's going to go. Luckily, like all responsible people setting off fireworks, we both had 5gal
buckets of water sitting around as well as our hoses turned on in case of an emergency.
And yes people should clean up after themselves, but once more this is an issue of people being slobs and jerks, nothing to do with fireworks. I don't
see the difference between them leaving the street littered with spent fireworks or a bag of fast food trash they just threw out their
edit on 7-7-2012 by James1982 because: (no reason given)