Fireworks should be banned for personal use as they can cause injury, pollution, disturb neighbors, start fires, encourage vandalism, and cause pets to run away. Fireworks are fun, colourful and exciting to watch, but as they contain explosives, can cause many injuries. People often think the fireworks are not going to go off, or are damaged, and when they go near, they can explode right on them. This can lead to loss of sight or serious burns. Many fires start from people misusing fireworks. When the firework explodes, it can send out many burning hot embers, or if it is positioned in the wrong place (eg. under a tree, facing the wrong way) it can set houses or nature alight. The loud banging, flashing lights and crackling of fireworks going is often very disturbing and frightening for young children and animals. This can make the night challenging and even traumatizing for parents and owners. Dogs and horses can get so freaked by such loud sounds that they run away, and owners spend the night of ‘celebration’ searching for their pets. Fireworks are dangerous weapons in the hands of vandals. For example, vandals have been known to blow up letterboxes, dogs, cars and trees with fireworks. Sometimes small fireworks are added together to produce a larger and more explosive weapon that can act like a bomb. Some may argue that vandals are always present in the community and create havoc with whatever they can find. However, having fireworks present is asking for trouble. Fireworks are not only a danger to people and pets, but to the broader environment. The packaging produces much waste and the explosive leaves much smoke in the air. In conclusion, it is clear that fireworks should not be on sale to the general public. On major nights of celebration, professional displays are open to the public, without putting others in danger or discomfort.
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