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Call to ban fireworks

By GnT 10 June 2007 170

It’s the June long weekend, so again we are seeing calls to have fireworks banned in the ACT.

The main reason is cruelty to animals. The RSPCA already has 15 dogs which have run away from fright, and there are also concerns for the native birds and wildlife.

The other reason is burns and other associated injuries, particularly amongst young, drunk, risk-taking males.

An interesting alternative to an outright ban is to set up a designated cracker zone, away from suburbs and with an ambulance on stand-by. This idea has some merit and could be a good compromise, although I suspect this debate will resurface every June for many years to come.

UPDATE: As predicted, the government is considering banning cracker night. Will this debate ever get resolved?

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Granny 1:54 am 24 Sep 08

jakez said :

Controls as in that kid spends a decent chunk of his life to pay restitution to your daughter?

Don’t be silly, jakez! What can make restitution for something like that? This is the reason I am not generally speaking personally a ‘compensation’ type of person.

peter@home 11:00 pm 23 Sep 08

jakez said :

Controls as in that kid spends a decent chunk of his life to pay restitution to your daughter?

Sounds good to me.

Peterh: HA don’t start the handguns topic again, that was contentious enough the first time.

I only thought that it would be the next rant topic for this guy – though, if he wants the right to bear arms, I can rip off his sleeves….

Loquaciousness 9:24 pm 23 Sep 08

Aurelius said :

So his uncle was wounded by fireworks, he’s never lit one, but JohnnyJ likes to play with Sao-like biscuits.

I think that’s what he means Loquaciousness.

Oh OK. Well, I guess that makes sense. Although it seems like a rather unhealthy hobby. I mean, I like SAOs as well as the next guy, but my mother always taught me not to play with my food.

And I don’t really see what it has to do with fireworks, but then I didn’t understand much of the rest of his post either … o.O

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Aurelius 9:20 pm 23 Sep 08

So his uncle was wounded by fireworks, he’s never lit one, but JohnnyJ likes to play with Sao-like biscuits.

I think that’s what he means Loquaciousness.

Loquaciousness 8:55 pm 23 Sep 08

Oh bless JohnnyJ’s little cotton socks – I don’t even know where to start! Apart from the obvious homophone mix-ups, the apostrophe abuse, and the complete lack of fullstops, one of my favourite bits was:

I have never personally light up a firework..its illegal my uncle has when he was young and yes light his entire face up burnt badly and everything…doesnt stop me or my relatives from playing with crackers its just the way things are.

So, let me get this straight – he’s never lit a firework, but he regularly plays with crackers? Is this some meaning of the word “crackers” of which I was previously unaware? The mind boggles!

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Davo111 7:59 pm 23 Sep 08

I reckon it comes down to parental responsibility to not give their kids money to buy fireworks, and to also help them light the ‘family fireworks’ safely with supervision.

jakez 7:08 pm 23 Sep 08

Controls as in that kid spends a decent chunk of his life to pay restitution to your daughter?

Sounds good to me.

Peterh: HA don’t start the handguns topic again, that was contentious enough the first time.

Granny 5:26 pm 23 Sep 08

I think the system we have at the moment is a pretty good balance actually.

However given that some kid once threw a firecracker in my daughter’s lap at a bus stop, possibly causing permanent damage to her hearing, I do favour more controls rather than less.

It would be interesting to see some actual figures on how successful the system of licences has been and whether further action would be desirable.

Holden Caulfield 5:21 pm 23 Sep 08

I don’t like fireworks in a domestic situation, but if they’re here for a weekend or two a year I can deal with that.

But is it too much to ask JohnnyJ and his mates to let the fecking things off in the times allocated? Again, half an hour or so either side, no big deal. But not three hours before. Not five hours after, in the middle of the night. Just during the allocated times.

When it is cracker weekend we get the blasted things going off virtually non-stop. Not to mention the scrotes that tried to use crackers to set fire to the school over the road. See a pattern forming here?

It’s not brain dead morons having fun that bugs me, it’s the basic lack of respect and common decency that many cracker whackers display that pisses me off.

Human rights, haha, what a piss weak argument that was. Get serious, FFS!

peterh 5:03 pm 23 Sep 08

the problem with fireworks is that some people are careful, others aren’t. banning the fireworks solves one particular problem, the careful people dip out, but can go to a public fireworks display and the careless ones can’t blow themselves up anymore, costing the taxpayer a motza in medical costs.

if you can’t have fireworks, don’t worry about it. not missing anything.

basic human right to use fireworks? get over it. next you will want the right to carry a handgun, a knife, a weapon of some sort.

fireworks are made up of a canister filled with gunpowder. sometimes it is loud, sometimes it blows things up.

a lot of the time, it blows off fingers, hands, eyes, big chunks of flesh, etc, etc. wow.

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