Going off tangent, here…
fireworks…sorry Pops, I mean f-i-r-e-w-o-r-k-s…
When I consider the impact f-i-r-e-w-o-r-k-s have on pets and wildlife, I just think what’s the fucking point? This is before taking into account young children who might be terrified from sensory overload, as well as people suffering with conditions in which their symptoms may be exacerbated by the noise. I realise I’m sounding like a miserable old git here, but f-i-r-e-w-o-r-k-s are just too fucking LOUD and associated with any occasion these days.
We’ve gone from the annual burning of the Guy Fawkes effigy and associated f-i-r-e-w-o-r-k-s celebration to having f-i-r-e-w-o-r-k-s set off to let everyone in a 10 km radius know that Britney from up the road is pregnant (again), or is getting engaged (again), or is single again. OK, so that’s a sexist analogy and I apologise. My point is that just about every occasion these days can be marked with f-i-r-e-w-o-r-k-s…which is quite surprising considering the restrictions in place regulating their sale.
Gone are the civilised days when people would take out an ad in the local paper to let everyone else know they’ve had a satisfying dump. We now get several hours of relentless noise to announce the good news and the whiff of cordite in the air as a fragrant encore.
Time for a little compromise?
I appreciate many people enjoy f-i-r-e-w-o-r-k-s and if it wasn’t for the obvious suffering they cause Poppy, I’d probably appreciate them more myself. However, Poppy isn’t the only pet suffering as a result. Marmite retreats inside during displays and although he doesn’t get as visibly distressed as Poppy, he is still affected. The impact they have on both domesticated and wild animals is well documented.
There are several possible solutions that would improve the negative effects, whilst still offering a spectacular visual treat. F-i-r-e-w-o-r-k-s can be practically silent which is a great alternative, but if there were sensible limits with regards to the permitted loudness of f-i-r-e-w-o-r-k-s sold privately, that would lessen the trauma experienced by pets and wildlife.
So, in conclusion,
fireworks, f-i-r-e-w-o-r-k-s, Guy Fawkes, David Beckham, Uncle Albert and Britney from up the road.