What do you imagine when you think of fireworks? The warmth of the bonfire! Beautiful colours. Lots of sounds expressing how amazed the onlookers are. Generally happy thoughts.
I donâ€™t think the same way anymore!
A couple of years ago I was speaking to the head at the school I work in. She once told me that she thought all fireworks should be banned unless it was an event organised by some sort of professional. The continued to explain that it would reduce the amount of fireworks going off left right and centre for Eid, Diwali, Bonfire Night, New Year and more.
Are you wondering why she would want a restriction placed on firework displays?
Her primary reason was so that her pets wouldnâ€™t be frightened as often.
My take on it is that there would also be less pollution and other animals in the trees & around the bonfires would not be scared, harmed or killed. It would be better for the environment in o many ways!
The affect of fireworks is created by mixing chemicals, metals and plastics BUT the show isnâ€™t over once itâ€™s over!
The â€˜stuffâ€™ lingers and causes smog and acid rain which would damage the animals, birds, our property e.g. our homes, plants, the water we use, food that is grown and so on!
A firework lasts a few minutes but causes destruction for many days, weeks and months to come!
Do you know whatâ€™s in a firework?
75% potassium nitrate.
A great concoction to leave behind right?
A side point â€“ we follow Americaâ€™s example in so many ways. Why not in this case? In many American States the use and sale of fireworks is restricted due to the Clean Air Act.