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  • Writer's picturePaul Miller

Why Fireworks Should Be Banned to the Public and the Folly of Celebrating Blowing Up Parliament

Fireworks have long been associated with joyous occasions, celebrations, and the spirit of unity. They light up the night sky with their brilliant colors and captivating displays, bringing people together in awe and amazement. However, there is a growing concern that the unrestricted availability of fireworks to the public has led to significant safety issues and unnecessary disruption, particularly during certain historical celebrations like Bonfire Night.

In recent years, the call to ban fireworks to the public has gained momentum, and this article aims to highlight some of the key reasons behind this growing sentiment.

1. Safety Concerns:

Fireworks, in the hands of the public, pose a serious safety risk. Every year, countless injuries occur due to accidents involving fireworks. These injuries range from burns, eye injuries, and hearing loss to more severe incidents like fires and even fatalities. Restricting access to fireworks can significantly reduce the number of accidents and casualties related to their use.

2. Noise Pollution:

One of the most significant drawbacks of fireworks is the noise pollution they generate. The loud bangs and explosions can be extremely distressing to children, the elderly, individuals with sensory sensitivities, and pets. This noise pollution can disrupt entire communities, causing stress and anxiety.

3. Environmental Impact:

Fireworks not only affect human health but also have a detrimental impact on the environment. The chemicals used in fireworks contribute to air and water pollution. The remnants of exploded fireworks, including the toxic metals and particles released into the atmosphere, can contaminate water bodies and harm ecosystems.

4. Celebrating Destruction:

Bonfire Night in the UK commemorates the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605 when Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators attempted to blow up the House of Lords, part of the UK Parliament. It is ironic and problematic that fireworks are used to mark an event celebrating an act of terrorism. Promoting the blowing up of Parliament, even in a historical context, is not only inappropriate but also disrespectful to the democratic institutions that have long defined the UK.

In conclusion, there is a strong case for banning fireworks to the public, given the numerous safety concerns, environmental impacts, and noise pollution issues associated with their use. Furthermore, using fireworks to commemorate the attempt to blow up the UK Parliament is not only historically insensitive but also promotes a culture of glorifying destructive actions. It is essential to prioritize public safety and the well-being of communities while reevaluating the historical significance of events like Bonfire Night. The time has come to explore safer, more environmentally friendly, and inclusive ways to celebrate and unite as a society.

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Vikas Kapil
Vikas Kapil
Nov 06, 2023

Valid points… allowing only noise-free fireworks would be a good start that can eventually lead to a complete withdrawal…


Nov 04, 2023

I think we should have laser shows.

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