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Some people are fucking stupid and irresponsible

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KatnissMellark · 03/11/2018 20:49

Recently moved to a town having been in a more rural location for a number of years. Our back garden is maybe 40-50metres long...others in the area generally much smaller, it's densely populated, residential, less than half a mile to train station, town centre etc.

The amount of fireworks going off is ludicrous!! We've had several land in the back garden with some force (partly burying themselves in the ground), one has landed on the roof outside my toddlers' window and the inside of our house smells of bonfire/explosives. Wtf? Is that even safe somewhere so built up? Why do that? Just go to a display, which will be cheaper, better and most likely contribute to a charitable cause HmmConfused

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Bambamber · 03/11/2018 20:52

YANBU

I'm sure there will be plenty of admissions to already overstretched a+e depts across the country due to injuries related to fireworks, all completely avoidable.

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edwardcullensotherwoman · 03/11/2018 20:53

I agree 100%. I live in a modern development, the way the houses are set up they're much too close together for it to be safe, and yet people do it. I know it can be hassle to take several children out in the cold and rain to a display, but better that than risk house fires/injuries.

I was discussing this with someone last week, and how it seems crazy with all the health and safety hype nowadays, that it's fine to sell explosives to the general public 

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KatnissMellark · 03/11/2018 20:54

Surely there is some legislation about setting off explosives within a certain radius of buildings?!?

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FFSFFSFFS · 03/11/2018 20:58

They're banned in all states except I think Tasmania in Australia

I was horrified when I moved over and found out people could just buy them!!

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Namastethefuckawayfromme · 03/11/2018 21:01

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KatnissMellark · 03/11/2018 21:01

Honestly it's nuts here Shock I'm really shocked as this is a 'nice' area. It wouldn't occur to me to set off fireworks that could land on/damage other people's property. I hope it dies down soon or else I won't sleep properly tonight.

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RedneckStumpy · 03/11/2018 21:23

They are banned in New Hampshire, but legal in Maine

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WitchesWeb · 03/11/2018 21:25

*I'm really shocked as this is a 'nice' area.

Not sure what that has to do with it?

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Missingstreetlife · 03/11/2018 21:25

Been goin on a week here. City, not central. Today will be worst and 5th. Then it will,peter out over few days

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Rebecca36 · 03/11/2018 21:26

I've heard lots of fireworks tonight. I suppose we'll have to expect them for a few days. Fail to see the point myself (tho' remember having them when I was a child and when I had young children), they frighten pets too. All very well saying keep your pets in but some cats go out and stay out! Mine did at one time, they're old now and one is deaf so not bothered.

Silly waste of money but will soon be over .

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UpstartCrow · 03/11/2018 21:26

Yanbu. This is not a well off area but every year we are besieged by fireworks from Halloween to a week after bonfire night.
Also, our 'cat loving' neighbours have shut their cats out for the night as usual Angry

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LockedOutOfMN · 03/11/2018 21:27

Agree with Bambamber.

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Aquamarine1029 · 03/11/2018 21:29

I grew up with a girl whose house burned down from fireworks that landed on their roof. It was shot off by an idiot neighbour. The fire broke out when they were all asleep after it had been smouldering for a couple of hours.

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treaclesoda · 03/11/2018 21:30

They're illegal where I live (well, in that you need a license to hold a display) and last weekend they were still going off all over the place. Thankfully they've finished until next year, but YANBU, they're a pain in the backside.

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sobeyondthehills · 03/11/2018 21:45

They are still going off here, I have a very anxious dog and nothing we have found has worked. (Thunder shirts, treats, t-shirts) so we try and calm him as much as possible, but everytime, we think right thats it over, they start again.

I really feel for any wild animal out there, at least I know the date

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Brigante9 · 03/11/2018 21:47

Drives me nuts. I think we should go to licensed displays only like in Australia. I have several friends camping out at the stables tonight trying to keep 600kg horses calm, not to mention all the house pets who are going crazy. I’m lucky that my horse and dogs don’t react, but it’s awful to see the ones that do.

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KatnissMellark · 03/11/2018 21:59

@WitchesWeb because by 'nice' I mean friendly, family oriented, neighbourly with a reputation for nice considerate people...which doesn't tally with setting off explosives that land in your neighbors back yard and stinking their house out Hmm

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Shinesweetfreedom · 03/11/2018 22:04

Yeah it has been absolute bollocks here.Feels like nearly four straight hours of bang bang bang.Its about fucking time it was banned except for official displays.

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Dollymixture22 · 03/11/2018 22:09

My neighbours have a display in Halloween night every year. We live in the city! I have been gathering lots of spent fireworks from my driveway and garden. I am sure they hit my car! My poor kitten was terrified. The noise was horrendous.

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MudCity · 03/11/2018 22:11

I’d wholeheartedly support a ban on the sale of fireworks. My poor old dog used to shake from top to toe let alone the number of accidents that take place because people don’t know what they are doing.
Like our emergency services need this kind of pressure!

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plaidlife · 03/11/2018 22:12

Fireworks are limited in our bit of Illinois which is great because in the UK DH insisted always on having his own display despite either having a small garden or later having a field with horses beside us. I was always amazed no one complained at him.

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ThanksItHasPockets · 03/11/2018 22:26

City, not central. Today will be worst and 5th. Then it will,peter out over few days

This will affect some areas more than others but FYI it’s Diwali on Wednesday (7th).

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NoSquirrels · 03/11/2018 22:35

Lived in the East End of London for years and it was like being in a besieged city suffering aerial bombardment for most of November and December! Fireworks would start with the clocks going back and then just carry on through to New Year, basically. As a PP says, not only Halloween and Bonfire Night but Diwali and other celebrations ... you got used to it! Ridiculously dangerous, though.

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BitOutOfPractice · 03/11/2018 22:42

Some people like doing their own fireworks in their gardens. It doesn't make them "fucking stupid". 

If you don't want to see or hear fireworks on the Saturday night nearest to bonfire night, you should've stayed rural.

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picklemepumpkin · 03/11/2018 22:43

I was shocked- I bought fireworks from the supermarket, I tending to set them off. When I read the small print, they had to be 25m away from buildings. Well that's a rare garden in this area, so who is buying them?

I think shops should be made to ask people where they will set them off, before selling them huge fireworks.

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