Fireworks: Fun or a Curse?

The municipality of Utrecht is wondering whether or not to impose a ban on fireworks.

What do you think? And if you have an opinion you had better speak up.

Edwin says

Ban them?! They are dangerous. They scare our pets and kids throw them around.

For anyone who has been on the street during New Year’s celebrations they know how difficult it can be to dodge fireworks thrown about by kids who are having a good time.

John tells me

They are beautiful the way they light up the skies.

And he’s right. They can be beautiful. Here in the UK we have more and more big organised displays that really do light up the sky and look wonderful.

Every year there is a big discussion about whether fireworks have to be allowed or should they be restricted? Starting this year, each Dutch municipality will be able to decide for themselves whether they can be allowed or not. Though to ban them would be difficult and also dangerous as many would still want their “fix” of colourful explosives!

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Each turn of the year it is always busy in hospitals with burns. That is why every year there is the discussion about whether or not to abolish fireworks for consumers. Some people say that they are part of a beautiful tradition, but others cannot understand why we allow potential weapons to be put into the hands of young and old alike.

Should fireworks in Utrecht only be set off by professionals in regulated displays? Or perhaps only outside residential areas?

Or should it just stay as it is?

What do you think?

And let your opinion be heard at the municipality before it is too late!

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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