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Lisabet

Fourth of July and Fireworks

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This Independence Day, for those of you that are American like I am, please read this and take time to think about what I am about to say.  

 

It seems that 'traditionally' people go out and buy fireworks and firecrackers for this time of year and enjoy setting them off in their driveways or back yards during the week leading up to and a couple weeks after the 4th of July.  I don't want to put a damper on your fun, I used to be the same way growing up.  However, before you set off those fireworks/firecrackers in your yard this year, please stop to think of those neighbors that might be combat veterans.  Most won't say a word about this, but speaking from personal experience hearing people light explosive things near your house is nerve wracking and will likely send those veterans either into hiding for a few weeks or just simply make their lives hell for those few weeks.  I myself am a combat veteran and I dread this 3 week period every year.  I understand that everyone wants to enjoy themselves and celebrate the holiday, but if you are willing, please go to a park or something and enjoy yourselves there; maybe have a barbecue as well.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and enjoy your holiday.

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<3 I totally support this.

Also with pets in mind.

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I'm also a vet, and I have the same issue, though not to the extent of most other vets. Having mortars and larger fireworks go off in close proximity to me without knowing about it in advance is extremely unnerving. I've dropped to the ground ( and took a friend with me) when an M80 was dropped in a lake and blew up. I went in the house and cried for at least 20 mins afterward from fear and embarrassment. If I know they are coming, I have no problem. 

 

All this being said, I agree wholeheartedly. Please get to know your neighbors and know if they are vets, they may need special considerations.

 

Thank you all who have served in any armed forces for risking your lives for the sake of your home countries. 

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I fully agree with Lisabet.

 

Do not forget about our veterans.

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I agree with this also, it is very nice of you Lisabet to take the time to write this post :) I know this is a bit early, but Happy Fourth of July to everyone and a huge thank you to koroth and to everyone else who risked their lives to serve our country!

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8 hours ago, koroth said:

I'm also a vet, and I have the same issue, though not to the extent of most other vets. Having mortars and larger fireworks go off in close proximity to me without knowing about it in advance is extremely unnerving. I've dropped to the ground ( and took a friend with me) when an M80 was dropped in a lake and blew up. I went in the house and cried for at least 20 mins afterward from fear and embarrassment. If I know they are coming, I have no problem. 

 

All this being said, I agree wholeheartedly. Please get to know your neighbors and know if they are vets, they may need special considerations.

 

Thank you all who have served in any armed forces for risking your lives for the sake of your home countries. 

 

Exactly this; the actual night of the 4th of July isn't nearly as bad as the rest of the days leading to or following.  I expect the noises and I can talk myself calm.  Hearing them at 3 minutes before midnight, or 10 am, or 5 pm and totally not mentally prepared is living hell.

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I'm glad Fireworks are illegal in a lot of states. I never considered this, or even had it cross my mind and I'm sure does who actively celebrate this way are unaware of the harm they are doing...

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Where I am the cops are the ones who set them off in their yards.  I agree with Lisabet.  Thank you for your service and I wish you a peaceful Fourth of July weekend. 

 

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Unfortunately while it's actually illegal to set them off except the 3-5th, people still do it.  They only light a few at any time and leave or stop and harder to catch them.  Worse, my state is the type you find the "Buy 2 get 3 free" fireworks stands every few miles down the road it seems.

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Where I live we can't buy the most noisy ones anymore.

Only if they are part of a rack of some sort, the sound may not be the prime reason.

(well ofc some kids disassemble the rack to get the louder ones)

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I live in Oregon, while it's illegal to buy/sell/use fireworks here, in Washington it is totally legal, and it's just half an hour's drive away to pick up some fireworks...

Thank you all for your service and while I can't say I won't be lighting off fireworks like a madman over the weekend, I will try to be considerate with the times in which I do.

Happy CCXLI(241st) 4th of July!

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Americans are unique/weird people lol

 

Anyways, enjoy all the booze lads

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