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Will Enviornmental Bans Make July 4th Fireworks a Thing of the Past?

Will Enviornmental Bans Make July 4th Fireworks a Thing of the Past?

 

A San Diego Superior Court  judge’s ruling that fireworks displays may damage the environment and should be banned in the southern part of the state may set precedent for the eventual end of Independence Day pyrotechnics.  Though public outcry and city council requests moved the judge to delay her ban until after this year’s 4th of July celebrations, the case has ruffled some feathers and started a sour public debate that pits environmentalists against an iconogrpahic American tradition.

A spokesman for the Mayor of La Jolla — the location for the most popular of San Diego area fireworks displays for the past 27 years –  described the court case as a “bizarre crusade to stop fireworks” and went on to question if the next step would be ”a lawsuit against swimmers for polluting the ocean with their suntan lotion?’

Fireworks displays made over water are just one of thousands of events that are undergoing environmental impact studies due to the judge’s ruling. The Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation (CERF), a San Diego area non-profit environmental organization founded by surfers, brought the suit to court in an effort to protect the local waters. The Interim Executive Director of CERF, Marco Gonzalez , said, “There are a whole host of impacts that we know occur from fireworks shows, from marine mammals to marine birds to water quality to traffic to noise to the air.”

While it is widely known that fireworks displays rely on such hazardous chemicals as gunpowder and an array of heavy metals, the study of the toxinsnegative environmental impact on water bodies is still in its early stages.  The California Court’s hopes are that the environmental impact studies will help shed light on the extent of damage done by those beautiful lights in the sky.

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12:42AM PDT on Jul 12, 2011

I wouldn't ban fireworks. I love fireworks, and don't think they're destructive. Demolition derbies and monster truck wreckages, sure... But why ruin something that brings people together? I think that's part of the problem.

8:42PM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

Raymond, thank you. I deeply believe banning fireworks is going to the extreme, perhaps there could be a better way, like limiting when and where fireworks can be displayed. Where would our world be if compromises weren't possible? And to just let others be known, its not about being a follower or "growing up" its about the meaning behind them like I've said before and the worse things that should be fixed in our crazy world then a bunch of fireworks.

9:18PM PDT on Jul 10, 2011

I say ban them. I have been listening to them for almost a month already. This is noise pollution and adds stress to our lives. This is not about a celebration.
They go off at all hours of the day and night. And they can be of any noise decibel.
I am getting to despise them.
I have come to believe there is some connection between education level, or maybe even IQ, and the number of fireworks someone must light in their own yard.
I met a lady a couple of days ago who cannot leave her home on the 4th of July weekend because they have to worry about their house catching on fire.
I was home at 10:00 AM today, July 3, and they had already started for the day. I will not be able to enjoy any peace and quiet today and surely not tomorrow.
I could actually live with one day of noise by the way. One month is tough.
I could not send this on the 3rd. It would not allow it.
Today is July 10 and a few minutes ago an M80 went off.
This is rude and thoughtless.
New law get written, like no fireworks, because people must abuse the rules.
They can ban them all and I will be happy.

4:52PM PDT on Jul 10, 2011

Ban fire works,demolition derbys, snowmobile water-cross, those awfull monster mud trucks, car raceing and anything else that polutes with fumes, sound, and wastes money . Grow up. This is not 'tradition' this is just commercial pigging out. If you are unable to appreciate tradition and 'have fun' in ways that don't disrupt everything around you then you are not ready to have a Real Life .It's easy to be a fallower. So go watch a video of past wasteful things instead of continueing it repeatedly.

2:22AM PDT on Jul 8, 2011

Bianca M, Hope you enjoy yourself on the 4th July last, I agree with you inrelation of Fireworkd, has I stated in my first comment, it your Histroy and you must enjoy it, Fire works have little effect on the Environment if it did there would banned a long time ago, in September every for over a 100 years we have always had the Last Night of the Proms, at the end of the Proms there is a Fireworks Display, On the 5th November we again will have our Fireworks Display and again on New Years Eve to bring in the New Years.

I would suggest that the one who stated about ban Fireworks, that he/she must then look at the shuttles that go up, and the Airoplain and the War going on around the worlds today and yesterday meaning the wars in the past what damage have they done,

It is without doubt that person/persons who wanted to Ban fireworks was not thinking about his/her history, all they must have thought about, was to stop you and other people in the US from enjoing yourselves at the most inportant time in you history, I will assure you and all people in the US we will witout doubt be having our Fireworks this year and every other years to come, that thank you.

1:24AM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

It's not about how much people enjoy celebrating and gathering to enjoy fireworks, it about thinking about the consequences of your actions.
I've seen that more advanced communities are moving towards big gatherings that present light-shows to mark special celebrations. People are becoming more aware of the environmental damage we inflict. At least light-shows are beautiful, creative and they don't cause noise and air pollution nor detrimentally affect pets, birds and wildlife. Banning fireworks also protects boneheads from their risky behaviour and endless injuries they inflict on themselves or others on each occasion.

5:01PM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

I love animals and I care deeply about the environment but I truly don't think we need to forfeit fireworks altogether. Maybe its because of my intense love for the fourth of july and the meaning behind it but there are so many things in the world that are more important to get rid of because of them harming the environment more than a bunch of fireworks.

10:02PM PDT on Jul 5, 2011

noted

5:48PM PDT on Jul 5, 2011

Nothing done simply for a bunch of ooos and aaahs should ever harm any creature. If it does then it should be banned.

Also there's always always some idiot who thinks nothing about terrifying their dog by bringing them to a fireworks show. Too many times, I have heard about a neighbourhood dog running away during a show, never to be seen again - It's not worth it.

3:20PM PDT on Jul 5, 2011

if they use mercury and lead and cadmium and other eqauly metals then they should be banned. or why should anyone be forced to breath these toxins

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