Yes, they are dangerous and no reason for them
Yes, except allowing government fireworks shows
No, but not within city limits
No, but only adult supervised and purchased
No, not at all
This should be decided at the local and state level. In some places, such as cities and in dry climates, civilians' shooting off fireworks is dangerous. In other places, it's not as bad as long as you're not drunk and you know what you're doing.
GARY JOHNSON 2016
Have you noticed how much fireworks cost now?! We have a bunch of people including kids coming over after the public fireworks display in the bay and I doubt you'd even believe how much fireworks for all the kids cost.
While buying them, some mother sat in her car after giving her kid $5 to buy some fireworks. $5 won't buy jackXXXX now, and the little boy was trying to figure anything he could buy at all - plus having to do the math for "half price" (ie 2 for 1 or half price.) Maybe a pack those super cheap sparklers and a tiny pack of firecrackers?
My wife, a sucker for little kids, told him we had gotten more than we need of the piles of stuff we bought, giving him one of those little collective packs that has a little of everything. Not one of those $100 ($200 before 1/2), but one of those that is $20 after the 1/2 of $39.95. Made his day! Not to complain too much of the Mom, though, she was driving a really beat up old car and had a baby in a car seat.
It is fun watching a kid with a $20 try to figure out what he/she can get with it. I mean, for that kid, that's SERIOUS decisions! And probably a good lesson in money too. The 4th of July can be a very special night for a kid - getting to do something unlike anything else.
Few people have the training and experience to handle and store fireworks, setting them off is dangerous, and should be done only by well trained professionals who have insurance to cover any possible damage, injuries, deaths.
If you damage property, or cause injuries, or deaths by illegal misuse of fireworks, you should be required to pay the price
Last edited by shrubnose; 07-05-13 at 05:31 AM.
no need to outlaw them... simple time/place/manner regulations within the municipality is enough.
for instance, I had no problem with my municipality banning their use ( as opposed to banning their possession) last year... we were under a burn ban due to extreme drought conditions.
Despite the hard rain the city set off the fireworks in the bay, but the kids letting of fireworks then themselves was rained out. They were very disappointed. Fortunately, there is no limitation on when to use fireworks, so they can do it tonight instead.
We need a weather forecaster who knows his stuff and how to explain it briefly in a way people can understand. Someone like this guy:
I will say though that while we were setting off our safe and sane fireworks last night, the place was like a warzone, there were *THOUSANDS* of illegal fireworks being shot off all around us. It was really kind of ridiculous.