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Fireworks sadly missed

By Damien Haas 14 June 2011 77

Am I the only person thats missed the glorious displays of suburban fireworks this weekend?

Now that the Grinchlike Hargreaves no longer has his wowserish fun killing hands on the levers of power, maybe we could ask the Gallagher government to bring them back? Even for only one weekend a year?

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shadow boxer 11:24 am 16 Jun 11

IrishPete said :

I had a dog who slept through storms but was freaked out by fireworks. Go figure.

I live somewhere where fireworks are illegal, but because it is near to the ACT, we experienced them at all the same times that ACT residents did. Including in bushfire season on very high bushfire danger days.

So the people misusing fireworks actually made it near-impossible to avoid them. Good riddance.

And to the people suggesting the purchase of explosive ingredients on Ebay, be careful or you may receive a knock on the door from ASIO or the AFP. Sorry, not a knock – they’ll kick it in just before dawn.

IP

And yet it is near impossible for me to avoid the regular dog attacks and every day of the year dog sh#t and barking but I don’t want dogs banned.

Go figure, maybe some people are just selfish and think the world revolves around them and what they want. Even to the point that they want something banned because they can’t properly restrain their pets as required by law or train them to deal with the environment that they place them in.

Watson 10:16 am 16 Jun 11

what_the said :

Can I point out to everyone that we still actually have fireworks every year – Skyfire. And they’re the big bastard ones! I cant remember dogs roaming the streets of Reid or Ainslie afterwards freaking out.

Those fireworks last 15 minutes tops! You could easily just hold on to your dog’s collar for that long to prevent them from bolting or hurting themselves.

IrishPete 9:19 am 16 Jun 11

I had a dog who slept through storms but was freaked out by fireworks. Go figure.

I live somewhere where fireworks are illegal, but because it is near to the ACT, we experienced them at all the same times that ACT residents did. Including in bushfire season on very high bushfire danger days.

So the people misusing fireworks actually made it near-impossible to avoid them. Good riddance.

And to the people suggesting the purchase of explosive ingredients on Ebay, be careful or you may receive a knock on the door from ASIO or the AFP. Sorry, not a knock – they’ll kick it in just before dawn.

IP

what_the 8:44 pm 15 Jun 11

Can I point out to everyone that we still actually have fireworks every year – Skyfire. And they’re the big bastard ones! I cant remember dogs roaming the streets of Reid or Ainslie afterwards freaking out.

Jim Jones 3:57 pm 15 Jun 11

Holden Caulfield said :

BimboGeek said :

Dogs belong on farms.

I had most of the weekend off work and noticed the quiet. Where’s the sense of fun and occasion? Apparently there was a parade on Saturday for people who are into parades, and plenty of people went out for lunch with their mates but that’s about it.

Cool, does this mean we can start the debate on why we still have the Queen of England as our head of state?

Queens belong on farms!

Holden Caulfield 3:52 pm 15 Jun 11

BimboGeek said :

Dogs belong on farms.

I had most of the weekend off work and noticed the quiet. Where’s the sense of fun and occasion? Apparently there was a parade on Saturday for people who are into parades, and plenty of people went out for lunch with their mates but that’s about it.

Cool, does this mean we can start the debate on why we still have the Queen of England as our head of state?

Holden Caulfield 3:30 pm 15 Jun 11

The_Bulldog said :

@Holden Caulfield – didn’t meant to sound like a sook. I was aiming for more of a rant – culminating in a bit of a troll, but it seems missed the mark…

Anyway – I provided my input about the responsibility for dog behaviour residing with dog owners – notwithstanding your puerile response – how does this offend your sensibilities? Is it not fair that those with dogs take responsibility? Just as it is fair and reasonable that those with access to crackers use them responsibly? This was the second side to the issue at hand – forgive me if I didn’t articulate this in twelve point font with accompanying brightly coloured illustrations. But don’t let that stop you calling me names.

You have pointed out that the majority of people view the lack of property destruction and decline of cracker related nuisances as a positive development – I would have to agree with this as well. I would, however, suggest that a significant number of posters also agree that the demise of cracker night is unfortunate – regardless of the reasons it was banned.

My point is this – it’s not just the pet owners or the people with blown up letterboxes who deserve to be heard on the issue, and the lack of personal accountability reflected in some of the statements in the post is just unfortunate.

Haha, I didn’t call you names anywhere in my response. That’s actually quite amusing that you think I did given the spray you dealt in your original post, with terms such as “keyboard elitists” and “do-gooder, muesli chewing, hemp wearing, part time PETA activists.” All I asked was you were man enough to admit the ban has had a positive effect benefitting a much wider audience than the one described in your “puerile” description. Precious much?

I happen to agree with you about responsible pet ownership, but as you showed, it made not a jot of difference to the usual jerks (your term remember) who stuffed it up for people who did use crackers responsibly. That was the point, fixing your fence was something you probably should have done before the crackers upset your dog. It was a separate issue, really; how many times had the dog already escaped onto Mt Taylor without you knowing?

And while I’ve never had much time for crackers personally since I passed the age of 8 or so (probably because I moved interstate for a few years around that time), I can certainly understand the view of those who did use crackers within the old guidelines. If the crackers were used in accordance with the requests from the government, or even a few hours either side, they would still available, don’t you think?

So it seems pretty clear that the actual reason for the ban is not keyboard elitists, dog owners or do-gooder, muesli chewing, hemp wearing, part time PETA activists; rather the usual jerks who couldn’t control their urge for cheap thrills.

Watson 2:54 pm 15 Jun 11

BimboGeek said :

Dogs belong on farms.

And maybe people who want to let off fireworks without getting complaints from the neighbours belong on a farm too?

BimboGeek 2:32 pm 15 Jun 11

Dogs belong on farms.

I had most of the weekend off work and noticed the quiet. Where’s the sense of fun and occasion? Apparently there was a parade on Saturday for people who are into parades, and plenty of people went out for lunch with their mates but that’s about it.

Eppo 12:54 pm 15 Jun 11

Banning cracker night was the wrong way to go about things. I detested the loud bangs, miscreant behaviour and tom foolery just as much as the next bah humbug, but it was only as bad as it was due to it being a novelty that people could do once a year.

If they’d just allowed cracker purchases year round, we might have had a week or two of the above & then it would have all settled down. Why do teens want to smoke and drink? Because they’re not allowed to. Same deal with fireworks I’d reckon.

Henry82 12:30 pm 15 Jun 11

I vote we ban all household dogs except for genuine reasons (guide dogs, rescue/police, cattle etc) and keep the fireworks. I think it will save us money in the long term, where a 10% levy on fireworks could be used to replace the few exploded mailboxes, and the rest put towards policing.

shadow boxer 12:24 pm 15 Jun 11

Where would we go ?, wouldn’t it make more sense for the dog owners to move.

Imagine dog sh#t free streets, no barking, luxury I tell you

djk 12:09 pm 15 Jun 11

I would like to echo the advice given to animal owners pre-fireworks ban, to all of the bang and whizz aficionados now:

If you dont like it, move somewhere else.

Watson 10:19 am 15 Jun 11

Jethro said :

I am quite enjoying the whingeing from the pro-cracker crowd, I must say! And the herd of high horses they brought with them. It’s a good show so far!

How is it any different from the high horse the ban-it-because-I-don’t-like it-crowd rode in on?

It’s not at all! That’s what makes it so amusing.

The_Bulldog 10:11 am 15 Jun 11

@Holden Caulfield – didn’t meant to sound like a sook. I was aiming for more of a rant – culminating in a bit of a troll, but it seems missed the mark…

Anyway – I provided my input about the responsibility for dog behaviour residing with dog owners – notwithstanding your puerile response – how does this offend your sensibilities? Is it not fair that those with dogs take responsibility? Just as it is fair and reasonable that those with access to crackers use them responsibly? This was the second side to the issue at hand – forgive me if I didn’t articulate this in twelve point font with accompanying brightly coloured illustrations. But don’t let that stop you calling me names.

You have pointed out that the majority of people view the lack of property destruction and decline of cracker related nuisances as a positive development – I would have to agree with this as well. I would, however, suggest that a significant number of posters also agree that the demise of cracker night is unfortunate – regardless of the reasons it was banned.

My point is this – it’s not just the pet owners or the people with blown up letterboxes who deserve to be heard on the issue, and the lack of personal accountability reflected in some of the statements in the post is just unfortunate.

shadow boxer 9:43 am 15 Jun 11

So it appears that fireworks were banned because of some idiots that let them off outside designated hours and it upset the dogs.

On that basis lets list some of the things idiot dog owners do;

Let them bark all night
Poo everywhere
Kill cats, chickens, sheep and other dogs
Attack children
Scare children by letting them off leash
Train them to fight other dogs
Dump them at the pound when sick of them
I could go on….

Seems dogs cause far more damage than fireworks and should be banned, either that or we could just let people have a bit of fun now and then and control and train our dogs properly and enjoy our fireworks at the same time.

The Frots 9:13 am 15 Jun 11

chris820 said :

Some dogs freak out at thunderstorms. Shall we ban those next?

I believe that the Greens are hoping to – it’s before the Assembly now.

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