Are our lives improved by a dearth of fireworks?

johnboy 11 June 2010 47

The ABC’s got a po-faced story reminding us that not only can you not buy fireworks this year, but if you get caught with them you’re in big trouble:

Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe says the ban was implemented following a number of reviews.

“The ban was eventually considered necessary in the interests of public safety and animal welfare,” he said.

“If a retailer is caught selling fireworks, or any person is caught possessing, using or attempting to purchase fireworks this long weekend, they may be prosecuted and subject to serious penalties.”

When empire building aligns with arse-covering just watch the bureaucracy grow like topsy.

I think I might make a sparkler bomb.

(oh yes, double demerits too)


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Jenny Grogan Jenny Grogan 10:06 pm 17 Jun 10

knuckles said :

djk said :

Not sure about everyone else’s lives, but mine certainly is improved by the death of fireworks. Queens Birthday was the worst four or so nights of the year for me, 2 dogs barking/howling for hours on end (despite being inside with the TV on full volume) is really not fun. Can only imagine what was happening to other animals who werent being looked after.

Well I have to put up with the neighbors dogs barking/howling most nights of the year. And its not fun either. My dogs never had a problem with fireworks. But then again, I have put time and effort into training my dogs so they are well behaved.

You have trained your dogs not to be afraid of fireworks??? I didn’t know the Dog-Whisperer lived in Canberra!

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 10:01 am 15 Jun 10

There was an earth-shattering KABOOM somewhere near Fadden last night that set all the dogs off. But then so did the siren from what sounded like a police pursuit.

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 9:34 am 15 Jun 10

How’s the serenity?

vg vg 9:56 pm 14 Jun 10

Davo111 said :

what a shame, as usual we have turned into a boring nanny state. Soon we will force school kids to wear helmets in the playground ‘just incase’ they fall over.

Such a useful and appropriate analogy. What about seat belts only in case you have an accident.

Surely the bogan element can ask a smart friend to come up with something better than that?

Pandy Pandy 8:39 pm 14 Jun 10

Thank you!!! First time ever, my dogs slept on their beds and with out being stressed over the Queens Birthday long weekend.

I herad not a bang.

Davo111 Davo111 2:17 am 14 Jun 10

what a shame, as usual we have turned into a boring nanny state. Soon we will force school kids to wear helmets in the playground ‘just incase’ they fall over.

bergamot bergamot 4:14 pm 13 Jun 10

geetee said :

Ummmm

Fireworks sometimes hurt people and annoy some people for about one week of the year

Dogs sometimes hurt people and annoy some people (as with my neighbour’s incessantly barking mutt) 52 weeks of the year

When will dogs be banned?

There are responsible pet owners and there are / were reponsible cracker users. As a PP said, the idiots have ruined it for everyone. If it was one weekend of the year, as a pet owner I would suck it up and deal with it or put the dogs in a concrete kennel out of town to ensure their safety, however, the weekends prior and following ensured not only a stressful long weekend, but a stressful June.

I too, miss the childhood days of rugging up in 10 layers, pot luck dinners, watching the dads lighting the crckers and having an all round good time. It is a shame our children will not enjoy that – but hey – there’s always skyfire.

Ate Ate 10:39 am 13 Jun 10

neanderthalsis said :

Just remember kiddies, combustion plus containment equals explosion.

And before building a home made device, just think about how silly you will look on tuesday morning when you turn up to work with no eyebrows (or hands).

And thats why you get your mate to test it for you!

Spideydog Spideydog 11:24 pm 12 Jun 10

georgesgenitals said :

Spideydog said :

Personally I do miss not be able to let off a few ….. But there is certainly no where near the amount of idiots around destroying stuff.

Once again the actions of a minority ruined it for the majority.

I don’t really think it was ever about the animal welfare side of things that got fireworks banned, it was the property damage and the anti-social element that doomed them.

Sigh !!!!

Based on another current thread about drugs, it would seem that the anti-socials who wreck it for everyone would find a way to do it anyway, with or without the firecrackers.

Which is partly true.

True. LOL

cleo cleo 8:33 pm 12 Jun 10

Yes it is very quite to night! But wait I’m sure someone will let some off later on to night.

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 6:27 pm 12 Jun 10

Spideydog said :

Personally I do miss not be able to let off a few ….. But there is certainly no where near the amount of idiots around destroying stuff.

Once again the actions of a minority ruined it for the majority.

I don’t really think it was ever about the animal welfare side of things that got fireworks banned, it was the property damage and the anti-social element that doomed them.

Sigh !!!!

Based on another current thread about drugs, it would seem that the anti-socials who wreck it for everyone would find a way to do it anyway, with or without the firecrackers.

Which is partly true.

Spideydog Spideydog 4:34 pm 12 Jun 10

Personally I do miss not be able to let off a few ….. But there is certainly no where near the amount of idiots around destroying stuff.

Once again the actions of a minority ruined it for the majority.

I don’t really think it was ever about the animal welfare side of things that got fireworks banned, it was the property damage and the anti-social element that doomed them.

Sigh !!!!

vg vg 4:31 pm 12 Jun 10

Wanon said :

With all these whingers and whiners complaining about how their dog is too stupid to not injure itself, it just makes me think fireworks should be allowed all year around. They wouldn’t hurt themselves if they were used to the noise of fire crackers.

Better to be known as a whinger or whiner than demonstrate my idiocy

Wanon Wanon 4:16 pm 12 Jun 10

With all these whingers and whiners complaining about how their dog is too stupid to not injure itself, it just makes me think fireworks should be allowed all year around. They wouldn’t hurt themselves if they were used to the noise of fire crackers.

geetee geetee 12:40 pm 12 Jun 10

Ummmm

Fireworks sometimes hurt people and annoy some people for about one week of the year

Dogs sometimes hurt people and annoy some people (as with my neighbour’s incessantly barking mutt) 52 weeks of the year

When will dogs be banned?

zig zig 10:22 am 12 Jun 10

Wow, letter box sales are going to plummet in the ACT.

trevar trevar 9:59 am 12 Jun 10

One said :

While watching the TV news Mr Stanhope said something along the lines that fireworks was killed off by anti-social elements in society.

?!?

For once he’s absolutely right; they were killed off by the Labor party.

toriness toriness 11:45 pm 11 Jun 10

god i miss the childhood days of the twenty dollar bag of mixed fireworks. and that wasn’t even in canberra. sigh!

bd84 bd84 11:06 pm 11 Jun 10

Ah the peace and quiet is great

cleo cleo 10:42 pm 11 Jun 10

Well I had fun when I was a kid, but it really does affect the animals, my little dog justs thinks it’s fun to bark at the noise, but older dogs do become scared.

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