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Should fireworks be banned?

Many feel fireworks are a great American tradition and the best part of the Fourth of July, but critics say fireworks are problematic in many ways. Fireworks are not only a massive noise nuisance in cities, but they also pollute, cause fires, traumatize animals and war veterans, and injure thousands of Americans each year. Fans argue that in the hands of trained professionals, fireworks are awesome, and all fun pursuits involve some risk. What do you think? 🎇

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According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. hospitals treated an estimated 12,900 people for fireworks-related injuries last year.

Fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and an average of $43 million in direct property damage. 

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So a few thousand people are injured by fireworks every year. Compare that to the 1,516,863 gun-related deaths since 1968. More Americans have lost their lives to gun violence than in every war fought by the U.S. combined. In comparison, fireworks seem pretty safe.

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But what about the trauma veterans with PTSD experience on the Fourth of July because of fireworks? These are the very people July Fourth is supposed to be honoring. Wouldn't it be better to celebrate in a way that doesn't trigger the horrors of war?

For veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the multicolor pyrotechnics and unexpected blasts can actually trigger their memories of combat and induce panic attacks.
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There's also the fact that fireworks are terrible for the environment—they pollute the air, contaminate water supplies and can cause fires. How about we celebrate America by not treating its purple mountains majesty and amber waves like a garbage can?

Fireworks can lead to substantial air pollution problems. There are well documented examples from cites around the world.
And of course, what goes up has to come down. Fireworks that fall to the ground contain residues of unburnt propellants and colourants, while particle pollution in the air eventually deposits on the ground or gets washed out by rain. Some of this finds its way into lakes and rivers , where percolate has been linked to thyroid problems, causing limits to be set for drinking water in some US states.
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But on the other hand, aren't fireworks kind of the best? They're gorgeous and thrilling. Sure, there is some risk, but anything worth doing has some risk.

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And really, is there anything more American than fireworks, drinking and BBQ?

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