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Meet in the middle regarding fireworks

June 25, 2009
Tribune Staff Report

To some, they're noisy, messy and a big nuisance.

To others, they go hand-in-hand with the Fourth of July.

Fireworks, that is. And this is the time of year they can divide the town into two camps - those who love 'em, and those who hate 'em.

That's probably an exaggeration, as a majority of residents tolerate fireworks for a few days each year.

And along that vein, perhaps there is middle ground to be found regarding what will and will not be tolerated when it comes to setting off fireworks, and whether people can use common sense.

Here are a few things to consider:

-It's just a few days a year that fireworks are permitted to be set off.

-If the noise is bothersome, close your house windows, retreat to the basement or go for a short drive.

- Your neighbors have to get up for work, too, so don't shoot fireworks off past 11 p.m.

-After setting off fireworks, be a good neighbor and pick up debris left in streets or that lands in the neighbor's yard.

-Don't allow small children to set off fireworks without adult supervision, as that can be distressing to neighbors watching close by.

-Fireworks are a potential fire hazard, so set them off away from buildings or trees.

Most people will tolerate a little noise caused by fireworks this time of year, provided those setting them off use common sense.

That's not too much to ask and would ensure those who enjoy their peace and quiet and those who enjoy their fireworks can meet somewhere in the middle.

The Fourth of July is supposed to be a festive time - a time of community and family celebrations - and fireworks should be part of it.

It takes some give and take on everyone's part to meet in the middle.

 
 

 

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