Himself and I crewed for a fireworks professional back in the days when city fireworks could still be hand-loaded. The experience taught me a great deal of respect and caution around those explosives. Our boss trained us to be safe and made sure we understood the danger of the materials we were handling.
As the Fourth of July approaches every year I’m reminded of that training and the lack of it in so many small towns across the country.
But worse, much worse, than the danger of fireworks in a professional setting is the danger of the fireworks sold to the general public at roadside stands. Here in Oregon those stands are legal, a multitude of them are about to open, and I am horrified.
Even on a “normal” year people using these ‘safe and sane’ fireworks manage to set off grass fires. In this drought, this year when the environment is tinder-dry everywhere, the possibilities are horrendously magnified. Shame on those organizations who maintain and operate those stands! Surely they could find more responsible ways to raise funds. And double shame on the folks who buy and use that merchandise, putting themselves, their neighbors, and their community in danger.