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by Hal
I get saddened this time of year thinking about American-made fireworks, once the mainstay of our Independence Day celebrations. Since 1954, domestic production has nearly been eliminated, in the name of "safety", by new federal entities. The producers simply cannot compete with their overseas counterparts because of regulations imposed by various Departments, Commissions, Administrations, Offices, and Agencies. Never mind the fact that misuse of fireworks ranks right up there with stepladders, roller skates, and bicycles as one of the many causes of serious injuries. Reminds me of how so many mail-order firearms and other 'destructive devices" were prohibited in 1934 under the guise of "crime control" even though these items were seldom used by criminals.

Oh well, celebrants in some jurisdictions can still shoot imported fireworks, often made by children and semi-slave labor, as long as they make sufficiently muted sounds at or near ground level. The 4th just isn't as much fun as it used to be without some great old noisemakers produced by Backe's, Kent, Tipp's, Triumph, Unexcelled, United, and Victory to name a few of the biggest. They employed a lot of people.
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by Researcher
Nineteen years living in the Ponderosa Pines in a dry climate I've come to hate fireworks!!
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by LGF
I'm with Researcher. Two years ago in September, the wildfire smoke in No Cal was so thick that it was as if the sun never rose all day. Last summer was the same in much of Oregon. CA barely had any rain this winter, and the fire potential is off the charts.
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by craigd
Just for grins oc. If we must split hairs, I am bothered by the daily barage from the antis all over this fine country, which is what after all we are celebrating with these fireworks. But, tolerance in the US today takes us to yet another hard dividing line. Tolerance gets us absolutely no where.
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by 1cdog
Owning bird dogs I do not like fireworks at all.

IMO shooting off fireworks in a residential neighborhood is just stupid - as others have pointed out potentially very dangerous to your neighbors in a residential neighborhood.
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by Hal
I just follow the lead of our first Vice President John Adams concerning our Independence:

"I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."
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