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Letter to the Editor: Please, No Fireworks

"Aren't we capable of celebrating and and have fun without setting off explosives?" A letter to the editor from Jo Tyler.

I realize that kids (and some adults) think it's just innocent fun to set off fireworks around town in the weeks surrounding the 4th of July. But not only is doing so illegal and dangerous, it is truly inconsiderate of the pets - and other animals - so many of us love. The violent noise of fireworks is terrifying to most dogs and cats (not to mention birds, foxes, squirrels, rabbits, coyotes and other wildlife.) Every year, when people in the neighborhood start setting off illegal explosives to "celebrate," our pets run for cover - hiding under tables or in closets, shaking with fear.

This year, on July 3rd, we let our elderly dog out to do her business just before bedtime. It was quiet, when suddenly, not 30 feet from us, someone set off a large booming firework. Our dog, who has heart problems, collapsed in the driveway, completely terrified. Her eyes rolled back in her head and her legs were kicking like she was having a seizure. We scooped her up and ran her inside away from the noise, but her heart continued to race and her breathing was labored for the next hour as we continued to hear BOOM after BOOM coming from different areas of the neighborhood. We are fortunate that she did not pass away that night, it was that bad. Please, people, consider the impact your actions have on others. Illegal fireworks might provide a quick "thrill" - but they also kill and injure children, cause fires, and terrify animals. Aren't we capable of celebrating and and have fun without setting off explosives? 
- J. Tyler

Lindy LeBlanc July 04, 2011 at 03:10 PM
I agree with you 100% - Isn't the town's firework's display enough? Why don't the police do something about all of these people setting off illegal fireworks? One went off the other night that almost made me jump off my bed.... and I do feel bad for the poor dogs, who hate it.
Laura Hinds July 04, 2011 at 03:24 PM
I too feel bad for the animals. Dogs hearing is so much more acute than humans. Cats too quiver with fear, and I also worry for the wildlife. We have a house guest staying (of the human variety) and there were fireworks in our neighborhood well after midnight that kept him awake. In fact, it's not just July 4th anymore- someone around here sets them off at New Year's Eve too.
Ellen Whitehead July 04, 2011 at 06:04 PM
I totally agree with the writer of the article, as well as the two comments that have been made previously. I live in the Woodvale area and we have been hearing fireworks some nights into the early hours of the morning. I thought the illegal use of fireworks in MA. was against the law. Where is the law enforcement here??? J. Tyler, I hope your dog is OK.
Pat July 04, 2011 at 06:32 PM
Should we really be teaching our children that it is OK to break the law? And, should the police be allowing this?
Thomas J Burke July 04, 2011 at 07:35 PM
Not only has mental illness in humans gone from 6% in the early 20th century to over 35% these days but also in animals. To me this proves that all the industrial waste getting in to environment that is known to be toxic to the brain is havins an effect. Find out which chemicals are making your pet hyperactive and protect it from those chemicals. Don't blame it on the fireworks. Animals have been used for hunting and around loud noises for centuries with emotional trauma. Any affected pet had a mental (brain) illness.

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