We've been hearing the sound of fireworks for a few nights now. It's always like this in the week leading up to July 4th. And between the additional disruptions caused by police misuse of CS Gas and LRAD (noise bombs) on protestors, the last thing we really need is for full-blown fireworks on every block.
Although most Indian reservations were ordered to stop selling
fireworks in Oregon and Washington a few years ago, there are still
plenty of unused illegal fireworks in the Portland metro area, and our
15-year-old cat is already showing signs of distress.
Three years ago, the entire western half of the Columbia Gorge was
set ablaze by kids playing with fireworks in a fire danger zone.
Add to this stories of dogs literally collapsing from cardiac arrest
because of M-80's being shot off, Veterans who suffer PTSD from being
triggered by the noise and flash.
I have to admit that, even for extroverts like me, the time has come to put fireworks to rest and find other ways to celebrate.
Make music, do skits, have a poetry slam or a cook-off. Turn the stereo speakers to the windows and have a dance party.
We need to stop using fireworks.