Would You Sign A Petition To Ban All Fireworks In Rockford?
There's a petition going around in Cedar Rapids trying to ban all fireworks, even city-sponsored ones, within city limits. Would something like this fly in Rockford?
The petition lists 6 reasons for the potential ban. They are as follows:
- Fireworks being used with few restrictions for such a large period of time creates a risk of traumatic episodes for many veterans of the armed forces, as well as others who suffer from PTSD.
- Fireworks being used in densely populated areas cause a great deal of stress, anxiety, and fear for many dogs, cats, and other pets, which can result in animals reacting with fear-based aggression or by running away.
- Fireworks being used in densely populated areas creates extremely loud noises which create an unwelcome and uncomfortable environment for babies, infants, and toddlers in that area.
- Fireworks being used in densely populated areas creates unnecessary and unwelcome levels of consistent noise pollution.
- Fireworks being used in densely populated areas can not only damage the property belonging to the person setting them off, but also creates a risk of damage to property surrounding the area where they are being set off.
- Fireworks contain toxic chemicals and are known to be pollutants to the air, ground, and water.
Now I personally would FULLY support this but not really for any of the above reasons. I guess I technically fall under #4.
I don't want any fireworks because I know that my alarm will be going off at 3:35 AM July 5th and would like some damn sleep. If that sounds like an old man shaking his fist at the clouds then thank you, that's what I was going for.
Move the fireworks to the weekend. Until then let's #BanTheFourth. There's no way that hashtag could be misinterpreted.