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Old 09-30-2006, 05:46 PM   #1
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Governmnent regulation of fireworks

Last year in Norway, there was an above-average number of fireworks-related accidents related to the New Year's celebration. Ownership and usage of fireworks being legal in Norway (though only on New Year's Eve, from 18:00), there are always houses burning down, rockets going astray and hitting people, drunks standing too close to the launch and getting their ear drums blown to Hell, firecrackers blowing up mailboxes, and what the Heck not. Norway=Alcohol, especially on New Year's Eve, and the obligatory protective goggles are worn by nearly nobody. Not a good combination.

The high number of accidents of last year, however, has finally prompted debate on the legality of private ownership and usage of fireworks. Personally, I'd say leave it to the government to put up displays and let the people come see them. It'd drastically reduce fires, wounds, and even deaths every New Year's Eve. Fireworks aren't exactly a cornerstone of democracy, and if I have to drive for fifteen minutes to the nearest town to watch fireworks, so be it. It's better than having too many houses burn down each year.

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Old 09-30-2006, 06:47 PM   #2
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Heh, but it rained this year on Independence Day, so no way a law like that would get passed in the US; they're too forgetful to remember the year before...

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The biggest problem in my neck of the woods is fire. Fireworks have been notorious over the years for starting wildfires and laws against sale/use have curtailed this successfully.

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Old 09-30-2006, 08:50 PM   #4
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There should be laws that regulate the sale of fireworks, much the same as there are for guns, because of what dropkicks do with them, and I don't just mean accidently. I mean purposely using them for harm.
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I agree with regulating them, DE, but not having government-sponsored events with them. I have happy memories of celebrating the 4th of July, and they were not done with the general public. I wouldn't want to go somewhere with a few hundred people while someone else shoots off and chooses the fireworks.

All the same, they are a bit dangerous. Sales should be constricted or less dangerous fireworks should be produced, but I don't think they should be banned.

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Old 10-04-2006, 03:47 PM   #6
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I love the fireworks shows our city puts on every year.

Personal use--the small fireworks are OK, personally, I don't like seeing folks go blind from being totally stupid using the big ones. Yeah, it might be their 'right' to shoot off fireworks and if they want to be stupid and go blind, that's their fault, but my tax dollars pay for their disability checks, so I prefer limits on how powerful fireworks can be for personal use.

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