NH citizens weigh in on town fireworks bans - 393 citizens, 1122 responses

Jul 01, 2015

The July 4th holiday is defined by firework displays, which led the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) to pose the question to Facebook members, “Should NH towns be able to ban fireworks?”

A total of 84% of respondents answered the question directly or with a concurrence, and of these an 80% majority opposed banning fireworks with 20% in favor. Of the remaining respondents, 13% opted to discuss the subject in broader terms while 4% commented on unrelated issues. In sum, 393 citizens participated in the discussion with a total of 1,122 responses. 

For respondents against any fireworks ban, many had trouble understanding how such a thing could even exist. “How can it be legal in the state and not in a city of that state?” rhetorically asked one commenter. Others suggested possible solutions, including one gentleman who echoed the sentiments of many respondents, as he said, “If you don’t like fireworks, either buy more land so you don’t have neighbors or move to a gated community.”

Others countered with arguments that touched on concerns for the safety for others. “They are a fire and safety hazard,” one gentleman noted. “There should be restrictions on where they can be used.” Some cited fireworks as an unwarranted nuisance, while several expressed concern at effects on others produce by the noise. “Neighborhood fireworks randomly shot off are distressing to PTSD vets, babies, and animals,” noted one commenter.

For those who did not provide a direct “yes” or “no” to the question, many debated the nature of freedom and what it entails, while others commented on their beliefs regarding how locals laws are generally adopted. “The problem is that most local policy is not set by the majority of residents, but by a very vocal few with nothing better to do than beat the drum for whatever peeves them this week.” 

Click here to read the full Facebook discussion of this question. 

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