As I was walking my dog the other day – as I do every day – through the woods, I filled two plastic shopping bags with fireworks garbage.
I can just imagine the conversation of the people who set these Halloween fireworks off in a wooded area:
“Hey, let’s get some fireworks!”
“But let’s set them off in a vacant parking lot where nothing will be damaged if one goes wrong.”
“Nah, let’s go into an area where everything is easily combustible and flammable and, if one goes wrong and we burn down thousands of trees and a whole bunch of houses, too bad for everybody else; at least it’ll be fun – for us. And if our parents get sued for the damages and have to pay millions and millions and millions of dollars for the rest of their lives, too bad for them. At least we will have had fun.”
I strongly recommend to all governments – municipal, provincial, and federal – to ban all forms of fireworks available to the public.
Besides scaring the poop out of every dog and cat within hearing distance, untold damage is caused every year to nature – streams and rivers, trees, etc. – houses and human body parts.
It’s just not worth it.
Jerry Steinberg, Surrey