Fireworks cause extensive air pollution in a short amount of time, leaving metal particles, dangerous toxins, harmfulchemicals and smoke in the air for hours and days. Some of the toxins never fully decompose or disintegrate, but rather hang around in the environment, poisoning all they come into contact with.
This year, July 4th was ridiculous. People are buying the illegal mortar fireworks and irresponsibly handling them at their homes. This caused property damage, people getting hurt, and death. People were lighting fireworks until 3a.m. in my neighborhood. I have kids and pets. I felt so bad for everyone who had pets that can't handle this as well as people with PTSD. They must be so anxious while people light the mortars that sound like cannons! These should only be used by professional companies and certain events. NOT IN HOUSEHOLDS!
I tried to call the police at 2a.m. and they told me that most of the calls weren't going to be addressed since it is a holiday. So people can continue to use illegal fireworks until 3a.m no matter what.
It is killing the environment with so much air pollution. Very unnecessary.
MARYLAND: The use of fireworks is illegal in Maryland, unless the fireworks are part of a public display for which the State Fire Marshal has granted a permit. You cannot have a private display of fireworks at your home without a permit. All fireworks displays, regardless of location, require the proper permits and insurance.
They sound like they have things under control! Why can't we? Its July 9th and I'm hearing loud fireworks right now at 11:17 p.m. Nothing is being done to these people. Mortars shouldn't even be sold. Leave those types for the professional and public events.
Fireworks are causing so many negative effects. Please start fining people for using illegal fireworks and for using them after 12a.m. Matiss Kivlenieks was an NHL goaltender that lost his life due to his neighbors using mortars. The mortar blast caused chest trauma and finally another mortar hit him in his chest. These types of things would not happen if we were laws set in place that were more than just letting people have fireworks at their homes 3 days a year. Obviously that's not enough! Illegal fireworks should be just that, illegal. Look at Maryland, they do it right!
The link above is about 2 men that died and a teen injured for improperly using mortars. It’s so sad that they lost their lives. They also could have cost the lives of neighbors. Mortars should not be set off in homes. They require a lot of space and should be handled properly.
This second article explains some of the things that are not allowed but are they enforced by the state? By police? It also talk about the amount of damage fireworks have caused.