I could not agree more! with Nick Matras’ July 6 letter to the editor regarding a ban on fireworks.
He ticked off all the boxes for me. Snohomish County should have listened to the fire districts a long time ago and put in place a ban on ALL personal fireworks. However, money seems to be at the root of all Snohomish County decisions, and where there’s a buck to be made, there is no stopping them. Forget what is best for the citizens. I think they’ve become a bit too greedy.
I have lived in my house going on 40 years and each year has become worse and worse. There are laws in place to abide by, but certain people choose to ignore these laws because they figure they won’t get caught. These certain people far outnumber the amount of law enforcement officers who would enforce these laws, so the odds are in their favor. What’s the big deal, you might say. We’re just celebrating!
Not me. I am one of the PTSD people that Mr. Matras mentioned in his letter. Every year in the week building up to July 4, I listen to periodic displays going off in my neighborhood. My fight-or-flight mode goes into high alert. It is not a fun experience.
FYI. Gun powder is what propels the fireworks into the sky. Think about that. Gun powder is what caused a man to lose his hand on July 4. He was holding a firework described as a mortar. A mortar? Aren’t they used to fight wars with?
Also, The Herald mentioned there were 3,081 calls to 911 on July 4 – “a 35 percent increase from a typical summer day.” Not all of these calls were emergencies and were handled by the non-emergency line. The non-emergency line has proved to be of help in keeping the 911 open for people with real emergencies, such as the firework-related incidents. God Bless our emergency responders and all that they do for us. Without them, there would be chaos.