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To think fireworks are a ridiculous waste of money

25 replies

Bearbehind · 03/11/2018 21:13

Fireworks have been going off here nonstop since it got dark.

There’s one organised display I can see and the rest must be private displays but there’s loads.

It’s been over 3 hours solid.

I’m not bothered by the noise or anything but it’s literally burning money.

Why?

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Bombaybunty · 03/11/2018 21:14

So is smoking and drinking alcohol.
People get enjoyment from them?

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Bearbehind · 03/11/2018 21:16

Fair point - I never thought of it like that.

I’ll go back to my wine! 😂

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Growingboys · 03/11/2018 21:17

My children thrilled to the cheapo Sainsbury's fireworks we let off last night. And DH did too, though he'd never admit it.

And our friends who we'd invited over did too.

And I got huge pleasure from watching all of this.

For £25 I think that's bloody good value. What a miserable view you have! But I do understand it they were going off all the time it'd drive anyone mad.

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DailyMailDontStealMyThread · 03/11/2018 21:18

I’ll go back to my wine! 😂

I’ll join you, with the TV volume on max to drown them out,

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Sparklingbrook · 03/11/2018 21:22

I am not a huge fan. Even at an organised display after about two minutes of oohing at them I get bored and cold.

But I have great memories of going to displays as a child so we did go to them with our DC before they could go on their own.

I always feel sorry for all the terrified pets because it's more like Bonfire Week these days.

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TurkeyBear · 03/11/2018 21:30

I think they're fabulous. But then again I love playing with fire and pyrotechnics so maybe that's why 😁

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MarcieBluebell · 03/11/2018 21:31

I don't get it. The only fireworks display I enjoyed was for diwali because there is more meaning.

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Disneydilemma · 03/11/2018 21:33

Loved fireworks. Just back from a bonfire and display organised by local scouts. We estimated they set off thousands of pounds worth of fireworks but made double that in entrance fees etc so it’s a great earner for them.

Much prefer bonfire night to Halloween or new year

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mimibunz · 03/11/2018 21:34

I don’t mind fireworks on Bonfire Night but in our neighbourhood there’s the build up a few days before and then the week after. The noise is too much for that length of time.

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Bearbehind · 03/11/2018 21:42

I get organised displays because they cover their costs.

It’s the hundreds of pounds in people’s gardens I don’t get.

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bookmum08 · 03/11/2018 21:44

MarcieBluebell what do you mean by 'having more meaning'? Diwalli is a religious red) so has 'meaning' but Bonfire/Fireworks Night is a festival (event?) that is unique to the UK and a part of our country's history. That's pretty special I think.

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LucilleBluth · 03/11/2018 21:47

MarcieBluebell what are you on about. Bonfire/Guy Fawkes night is a unique piece of British History and Diwali is no more important.

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bookmum08 · 03/11/2018 21:47

'Religious event'. Not sure where the 'red' typo came from!

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Growingboys · 03/11/2018 21:49

Yes I, like bookmum08 and LucilleBluth would like to know what on earth you mean by Diwali fireworks having 'more meaning' MarcieBluebell?

Do you have no idea about the origins of Bonfire Night?

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Bluelonerose · 03/11/2018 21:51

My poor cats have spent the last week cowering from the time it gets dark cos of bloody fireworks

They're still going on here atm and have been for hours now.
I think it's just too much for backyard displays whenever just because they can.

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LagunaBubbles · 03/11/2018 21:52

Failing to see why Diwalhi has "more meaning" than Bonfire night Hmm

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Tartpop · 03/11/2018 21:54

I think it's selfish to have fireworks other than 5th Nov or a proper organised display.

Many animals die from fright every year. At least 1 horse and 2 digs just last night in my nearby villages.

At least on 5th Nov you can put something in place to try and minimise their distress until it's over.

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CaptainMarvelDanvers · 03/11/2018 21:58

My dog pissed all over me because he was frightened by a really large bang. Personally I don’t think lights in the sky are worth the hassle.

Round where I live they start them before it’s even dark. I think it should be organised displays only.

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CoachBombay · 03/11/2018 21:59

tartpop I agree, they should be banned on every evening except November 5th, where people can take measures.

I personally enjoy them, but then I only buy 2 small garden multi shot things no more than £10. They tend to be more pretty colours than noisy.

I think Guy Fawkes Night is an important part of our history as a nation, but I agree that more bans need to be put in place for control such as "noise ratings" and "days they can be let off" but I wouldn't take the fun of them away from everyone.

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categed · 03/11/2018 22:03

We are lucky that we get so few in our village but i can remember going to bring my horse in just after 5pm after school, the stupid idiots in the cottage next to the field were doing a home display. They released all the fireworks into a field of 5 horses, they were screaming in terror and careering around like rhe hounds of hell were on their tails.
When asked what they thought they were doing and that they could have killed a horse or hit a horse with a firework they informed us that they didn't want to set fire to their garden? Also they didn't see why they should give us warning that they would do this. Mind you this was the same twit that ran his nippy dogs in the field daily!
Didn't do it again after the guy who owned the other horses spoke to him. Still resulted in a new gate and fence being needed as well as new rugs. All for them to sit and watch😡😠

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PippaRabbit · 03/11/2018 22:04

I'd happily have all fireworks banned. I think it's completely irresponsible to sell them to the public, why sell mini explosives? I'm sure people can celebrate special occasions without having to set fireworks off. I'm glad we live very rurally and don't have neighbours who set them off tbh.

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PippaRabbit · 03/11/2018 22:07

@categed this is why I hate them so much - they scare my horses and my dogs, but that's ok apparently as "`they're only animals". I also feel sorry for wildlife. At the end of the day, what goes up must come down and I'm sick of finding the remains of fireworks in my fields don't get me started on sky lanterns

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tabulahrasa · 03/11/2018 22:09

When was it that people started just having them any weekend close to the 5th?

It used to be that organised displays and people having them themselves was only on the 5th, so if you had animals who were scared or kids with sensory issues it was one night.

Now it needs to be days and days worth of prepping for it... and that’s not even counting the random ones that start halfway through October as soon as they’re on sale.

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MarcieBluebell · 04/11/2018 00:46

Yes I know about Guy Fawkes and king Charles. I should have said meaning for me as it's all subjective. It's not anti tradition. I find xmas more meaningful than bonfire night too.

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MarcieBluebell · 04/11/2018 00:54

Woops. King james. Had charles in my head because was reading about him and pineapples!

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