The older I get (and as I approach “you kids get off my lawn”-ness), the more I get frustrated by fireworks in the wild. By that I mean: I love a good fireworks display, but wish people would stop buying the durn things and setting them off days before (and days after) the 4th of July (or New Year’s Eve) in my neighborhood. They upset the dog and are just generally annoying. Further, and more importantly, they are dangerous—after all we are talking gunpowder, phosphorous, etc. It is why, despite yearly pleas I refuse to buy any for my kids.
The stupidity of the fireworks in the hands of teenagers in particular was confirmed this Fourth, when my kids and I went down to Riverfront Park in downtown Montgomery and some kids thought it would be hilarious to set off fireworks in a crowd (which did result in an ambulance visit).
If I needed more evidence for my position, the NFL provideth: New York Giants pull $60M offer to Jason Pierre-Paul
The New York Giants are withdrawing their $60 million long-term contract offer to Jason Pierre-Paulfollowing the star pass rusher’s fireworks incident over the weekend, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday, per three sources informed of the situation.
JPP suffered a hand injury Saturday night while attempting to light fireworks. He required hospitalization, and will remain in a Miami-area hospital for the next few days. Rapoport reported that, as of Sunday night, doctors were still examining for nerve damage and other issues related to the incident.
Seriously, folks, leave the explosives to experts. Yes, they are pretty and going “boom” can be fun, but again, they are explosives.