To the Editor:
I read the editorial on fireworks and how they should be only lit on the Fourth of July. I agree with that, but I would, if possible, only allow them to be lit by licensed people who were trained to safely light them.
I don’t feel that this is something that anyone should be allowed to do. Look at the emergency log books that list the number of adults and children treated by not safely lighting these explosives. Yes, they are explosives that, for some reason, the brilliant state of Rhode Island has allowed to be handled by anyone who has the money to purchase them. I am subject to this abusive noise year-round. It happens all summer, and every holiday in the year.
You can be sitting in your home enjoying a wonderful evening and all of a sudden there are loud fireworks going off and that ends the peace and quiet in my home. My dogs are barking and running and frightened. Why do we as Rhode Island citizens don’t have a right to live in peace? I pay my taxes as well as they do; I don’t disrupt their lives. Why are these people allowed to disrupt mine? I drove through Massachusetts the first week in July and as I crossed the border, there were signs all over the highway that stated that “Fireworks are illegal and if you are found with any, you will be fined and possibly arrested.”
Thank you, Massachusetts, for doing what is safe and correct for all of your citizens. R.I. needs to step up and do the same; put the firing of fireworks back in the hands of the qualified and possibly save many lives and limbs of its citizens and bring peace and quiet to all. I am all for celebrating holidays, but let’s respect our neighbors, too.