Many counties ban the use of fireworks

Many counties ban the use of fireworks

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Shaun Mullin

Krum, TX

#1 Jun 22, 2006
To the fireworks sellers: No they don't ban alcohol just because someone may drink and drive. But they do step up roadside watches and traffic stops. No road runs through most of the county acerage where people will be setting off said banned celebratory items. My yard does, however, back up next to my neighbor's. I'd just as soon know that he/she will NOT be celebrating in a way that may result in the burning of my house. I have had $150.00 roof damage from a bottle rocket during a year when they WERE allowed. So may I suggest another state or another profession to the salespeople. Your rights to free enterprise end where my property begins.
Bobby

Arlington, TX

#2 Jun 23, 2006
I hope they do ban fireworks in Johnson county. There are way more irresponsible people shooting them than responsible. When you have had your grass caught on fire and your house almost burned down by someone else shooting fireworks, it makes it hard to understand why they are not banned. A small spark can burn down a whole block in a minutes.
Anonymous

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#3 Jun 28, 2006
Let's make more generalizations and use them as a basis for more arguments! You can have $150 damage done by a kid playing baseball, but we don't ban that... I will not bother continuing in the countless things that can do comparable or greater damage that we do not ban. About grass fires, I see far more fires caused by the discarding of a smoldering cigarette out of a car window, and more damage done by errant smokers, but do we even think of making a law to ban smoking? Yes, the fires may be started by littering which is illegal, but that is just the inappropriate use of the product, which is no different than the misuse of fireworks. Ah, how many more people are injured or killed every year because of incidents involving automobiles than fireworks?...Should we ban those too?
Steve Power

El Cerrito, CA

#4 Jun 28, 2006
WHAT? Free enterprise has NOTHING to with someone being an idiot and the mis use of a product!! Hellooo, geez, if that was the case we should driving cars because someone mis-used the one the owned and ran in to your property... think
Shaun Mullin wrote:
To the fireworks sellers: No they don't ban alcohol just because someone may drink and drive. But they do step up roadside watches and traffic stops. No road runs through most of the county acerage where people will be setting off said banned celebratory items. My yard does, however, back up next to my neighbor's. I'd just as soon know that he/she will NOT be celebrating in a way that may result in the burning of my house. I have had $150.00 roof damage from a bottle rocket during a year when they WERE allowed. So may I suggest another state or another profession to the salespeople. Your rights to free enterprise end where my property begins.
Steve Power

El Cerrito, CA

#5 Jun 28, 2006
WHAT? Free enterprise has NOTHING to with someone being an idiot and the mis-use of a product!! Hellooo, geez, if that was the case, we should ban driving cars because someone mis-used the one they owned and ran in to your property... think
JENNIFER

Dallas, TX

#6 Jun 29, 2006
I HOPE YOUR HOUSE BURNS DOWN
Anonymous wrote:
Let's make more generalizations and use them as a basis for more arguments! You can have $150 damage done by a kid playing baseball, but we don't ban that... I will not bother continuing in the countless things that can do comparable or greater damage that we do not ban. About grass fires, I see far more fires caused by the discarding of a smoldering cigarette out of a car window, and more damage done by errant smokers, but do we even think of making a law to ban smoking? Yes, the fires may be started by littering which is illegal, but that is just the inappropriate use of the product, which is no different than the misuse of fireworks. Ah, how many more people are injured or killed every year because of incidents involving automobiles than fireworks?...Should we ban those too?
Anonymous

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#7 Jun 29, 2006
Ah yes, the mature "I HOPE YOUR HOUSE BURNS DOWN". When sophisticated debate surpasses your intelligence level, and you cannot admit that there is no strong case on your side, do state that you hope my house burns down. Should I say that I hope you get in a car accident?...No, that's a horrible thing.

Sad thing is that if my house burns down, it is far more likely to happen from lightning, arson, household accidents, or someone discarding a cigarette in a field than to a firework. Can someone please find intelligent reasons to ban fireworks? Anyone can misuse something (alcohol, driving, prescription drugs, over the counter drugs, glue, paint, etc.), yet we do not attempt to ban their use by everyone because a small minority of the population uses them improperly.
Shaun Mullin

Krum, TX

#8 Jun 29, 2006
I spoke only of the current year, as I thought the article did. I must have misread. I love to watch them and if I had extra funds I would be shooting them, too. <ooh, aah> With Denton Co down 20+ inches of rain from last year to current and other burn restrictions in place, fireworks need to be on the list as well. There's no welding, trash burning or free-standing charcoal cookers being allowed. I mentioned the $150.00 to show what happens without a Severe Draught Advisory in place- not as a "see what can happen" reason for a total ban in years of normal rainfall. I say light 'em if you got 'em when the rains come.
Johnson County Texas

AOL

#9 Jun 29, 2006
Does anyone know if there is a ban on fireworks for Johnson County Texas? I sure hope there is.. Thank you ~
Farris

Rowlett, TX

#10 Jun 30, 2006
I donít believe that any fireworks related fires should be blamed on the people who shoot them I think the fires could be stopped if the idiots in office would designate a place for people to shoot them legally and the cite could have a fire crew there and the cites could even charge $5 a person to go in to shoot there fireworks I would tell someone if I knew who or how to put it.
Farris

Rowlett, TX

#11 Jun 30, 2006
You people must be very old and are becomeing un-cool losers
Shaun Mullin

Krum, TX

#12 Jun 30, 2006
You have a good point, Farris. There is one county which does provide a safe environment for fireworks by citizens. It's in North Texas,but I'm not sure which. You said you would tell someone-well get involved. It's too late for this year, but write the County Seat or contact City Hall where you live and it might just happen where you live,too. And, Farris, I am "old"- an ancient 48. And to quote a movie, I'm older and have more insurance than you. I just don't want to have to use it while I'm busy becoming an un-cool loser.<grin> I hope you find a safe way to have fireworks in your part of TX.
Farris wrote:
I donít believe that any fireworks related fires should be blamed on the people who shoot them I think the fires could be stopped if the idiots in office would designate a place for people to shoot them legally and the cite could have a fire crew there and the cites could even charge $5 a person to go in to shoot there fireworks I would tell someone if I knew who or how to put it.
Jim Miller New Fairview

Decatur, TX

#13 Jun 30, 2006
If the dealers want to sue the counties for banning the use of their products during one the most severe droughts this part of texas has seen, then the cities, counties, and citizens should sue them when their product is behind a fire.
It only makes since when you have a drought like this and the grass is like straw you don't take the chance of starting a blaze.
Giovanni Velez

Coppell, TX

#14 Jul 2, 2006
I agree with your comment farris I was thinking about the same thing. Why dont the counties make an area where people can freely shoot fireworks and it can be watched by the fire department or the proper personnel. I mean we do pay taxes, I am sure that it doesn't matter the age everyone will find joy in that. We need to compromise here. NO ONE SIDE IS BETTER THEN THE OTHER! A ban of fireworks is stupid look at a prohibtion. Crime goes up and a black market for fireworks arises. Your own dad, mother, sister, grandparents well all be affected by this. You will have police officers pulling you over for "suspicion of illegal firworks" and you know anything they find is fair game, then that is going to be a whole another issue. This is just stuff that that averge person don't think about. You have to look at other factors affecting the issue. I understand that wild fires are a issue, and yes if my house burned down I would hate the world, but if my child was killed by a drunk driver I would hate the world to. But nobody ban's bars. People ban items expect repercussions. So while we consider banning fireworks lets throw in alcohol which leads to drunk driving, smoking which leads to cancer, Fast Food which leads to obesity,having sex before marriage which leads to many fatherless/motherless child. These are the everyday pleasures that you, me, my friends my co-workers your friends and your co-workers your fellow congressman and even the "president" enjoys.
Farris wrote:
I donít believe that any fireworks related fires should be blamed on the people who shoot them I think the fires could be stopped if the idiots in office would designate a place for people to shoot them legally and the cite could have a fire crew there and the cites could even charge $5 a person to go in to shoot there fireworks I would tell someone if I knew who or how to put it.
phife dawg

Knoxville, TN

#15 Jul 3, 2006
man, fireworks are cool.
am i right?...
c'mon, its an american classic.
yall are too "up tight" as the youths would say
TRN

United States

#16 Jul 4, 2006
The degree of risk involved in any activity, to the participant as well as to bystanders, is what society uses to determine the activity's potential to inflict harm. The inflicted harm can be physical, financial or otherwise. Harm can come to us in many forms as previous posts have pointed out: why limit the use of fireworks and not alchohol? Unfortunately there is no correlation; alochol sales are legislated to be sold only to those deemed by society to be 'of age'. Fireworks can be sold to a much younger audience; an audience which can be more prone to making irrational and dangerous decisions affecting themselves and others as compared to other age groups in society.
The idea of having pre-determined areas for everyone to shoot fireworks, while it may sound like a good idea, is frought with danger. I have been involved in two such areas, both in Collin County, where the ambulances were on a constant 360 degree rotation due to the number of injuries.
Unfortunately, we just can't count on everyone to use good judgement and common sense, which is why we have bans on activities that you once enjoyed.
Elyssa

Chicago, IL

#17 Jul 4, 2006
I see why people would want to ban fireworks, but I remember when I was a kid, I could set them off in the middle of our woods, the day after a thunderstorm so the fire--if there was one--couldn't spread. My dad taught me never to do it in dry weather, with lots of flammable things around. You can stop people from buying them in certain places, but that doesn't keep them from not using them. They should make a law stating you couldn't light fireworks around flammable objects. That wouldn't help much, but it would be a start. Fourth of July is the worst. It's beautiful, but sometimes people can't contain themselves. They light firecrackers and hold them as long as they can (this is mostly kids) until they get scared and let go before it goes off. Sometimes others dare them to hold on longer, injuring the (idiot) kids who went along with the dare. I have seen this happen and it's not pretty. Older brothers and sisters could buy the firecrackers or fireworks and give them to the younger children. There's nothing to stop them from doing that. Laws don't help much. But some decent people (although stupid for giving them to younger ones in the first place) follow the law. It might bring it down. There could even be a law today and I just don't know it. I haven't researched it much. But... it still happens and there's very little we can do about it.
bman

Oklahoma City, OK

#18 Jul 4, 2006
baseball or fire, lets see..uuhhhh real tough to decide.yes! ban fireworks. I think fireworks should be banned nation wide because there are too many irresponsible people in this country. baseball takes skill and practice not to mention coordination. very little damage has ever been done by a baseball, fireworks on the other hand have cost millions in fire damage not to mention horrific injuries and even blindness.
Ramrodzergy

Olathe, KS

#19 Jul 5, 2006
just some statistics I found online for you all to chew on.

The United States gets on average 42000 car crash related deaths a year

In 2003, four persons died and an estimated 9,300 were treated in emergency departments for fireworks-related injuries in the United States

Between the spring of 1980 and January of 1981, forty women died and another 902 women were diagnosed with tampon-related Toxic Shock Syndrome

In 2003 more than 1.8 million seniors age 65 and older were treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries and more than 421,000 were hospitalized

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are from six to 33 million cases of food poisoning in the United States annually.

5,000 deaths related to foodborne diseases each year
Ramrodzergy

Olathe, KS

#20 Jul 5, 2006
Each year, almost 500,000 baseball-related injuries are treated in hospitals

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