I’m really not sure how I feel about this one. On the one hand, the Fourth of July is always better when celebrated with giant explosions high in the sky. On the other, it’s also celebrated with grilling burgers and drinking, and sometimes a lot of drinking alongside the fireworks.
There is a new push throughout metro Detroit petitioning for the “repeal [of] the Fireworks Safety Act of 2011.” Many of the people who signed the petition site scared pets, veterans still suffering from the effects of PTSD, and damage to person and property. According to the Detroit News, at least two homes were damaged by the minor explosions.
St. Clair Shores Police Chief Todd Woodcox had this to say in defense of the aerial displays:
“People are just using fireworks carelessly. They’re great fun when they’re used properly and safely, but unfortunately, when you launch them in a densely populated residential area, you’re going to have problems. Fireworks were designed for densely populated residential areas.”
Basically, they’re great, but they’re also a great way to win a Darwin Award.
Personally, as long as people are smart about it – and not like a certain neighbor who decided the middle of a shadowy, narrow street where no one can see what’s happening as they drive toward the impending explosion, was the best place to set these fireworks off – I say live and let live, just be safe. If you feel like putting on a show, go nuts, but be courteous of those around you may be sensitive to explosions… or just don’t want their house to catch fire.
Dearborn Police Captain William Leavens cautions:
“Everyone has to be more aware of what the repercussions are when fireworks aren’t deployed the right way. Parents have to look after their kids and adults have to be just as careful. [It] may be legal to go out and by [these] things, but you’re responsible for deploying them in a safe manner.”
How do you feel? Should Michigan uphold the Fireworks Safety Act of 2011, or should we go back to the old days where if you really wanted to shoot something in the air, you had to sneak it in from out of state?
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