Things that go BOOM in the night

I write this at 12:09 a.m. July 6. Why is that a big deal you may ask? One word … fireworks!

Living near Bowman Field my entire life, they have always had a special place in my heart, until now. Yes it gets dark later in the summer and I get that. What I don’t get is why on Earth the fireworks shows keep getting later and later … and you guessed it … later. On June 21, fireworks happened around 10. Not horrible. On July 3, fireworks again, yippee. They began after 10, which means they finished up roughly 10:20. So I grit my teeth, it’s the holiday. I’ll suck it up.

Now that brings us to July 5. More rain here in Pennsyl-raina. The game gets delayed for an hour at least. So what would be a normal solution? Postpone the fireworks, right? It is 11:44 p.m. after all. No, no — the show must go on, I guess. So for 18 minutes the house shook, the windows rattled and the man-made thunder roared.

I try to mind my own business but this is absurd. Remember when the train crossing in Newberry … was an issue? That was considered nuisance noise to the surrounding neighborhood and they had to stop blowing the train horns, correct? That was actual progression of industry needs, not just for enjoyment. Personally I’d want to know if I was about to be hit by a train, but fireworks … at hours laid out by city codes as “peace hours”… come on!

The state Department of Agriculture still issues these Professional Pyrotechnics permits, I’m assuming, so isn’t there a time and date included on such a permit? That was really pushing it, I’d say. Limit them to a time. People will live.

In today’s world, so many returning veterans suffering from PTSD and persons suffering from seizures from flashing lights or those with respiratory troubles really don’t need to be subjected to something that can be changed. Even the four-legged family members are not fans of loud booms, bangs and crackles. What are those things doing to our foundations, houses and buried and aging water, sewer and gas lines? I think the thousands of dollars spent to put on these shows could be used in much better ways. Just a thought.

John P. Bowen


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