In light of the recent Fourth of July holiday, this article will take a look at the controversy surrounding fireworks. First of all: what are fireworks? Fireworks are cylindrical pieces of paper that are typically filled with low amounts of gunpowder. They were originally invented in China, and are now a staple in American culture.
Laws vary, but the majority of states in the US prohibit fireworks that contain unreasonable amounts of combustible materials, or are clearly unsafe. Although most states have lax restrictions on fireworks, some can be quite strict. According to WGNTV, “Massachusetts is the only state that completely bans all consumer fireworks, though they do allow professionals to put on firework displays. Three states — Ohio, Illinois, and Vermont — have very strict fireworks laws, only allowing wire or wood stick sparklers and other novelty items, Reader’s Digest reported.”
Fireworks are extremely loud, which heightens anxiety and stress for some people, and can even trigger post traumatic stress. Read this article to learn more: https://usmc-mccs.org/articles/fireworks-and-ptsd-how-to-raise-awareness/#:~:text=However%2C%20for%20some%2C%20fireworks%20can,of%20those%20who%20might%20beFireworks also tend to startle animals. There are various online petitions that hope to prevent firework-induced stress in animals. Check out this one, it has currently been signed by over 4,000 animal lovers: https://www.change.org/p/pennsylvania-state-house-stop-terrorizing-pets-with-fireworks. If your pet is startled during fireworks, use some of the strategies mentioned in the article below.
While many people disapprove of fireworks, there are still plenty who love them! Fireworks are a unique and unusual sight that fascinates most. What is your opinion? Contribute to the conversation in the comment section below.
Article on fireworks and pets: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/how-to-keep-your-dog-calm-during-fireworks/