Strong majority oppose town fireworks bans - 393 citizens

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?”

“Should NH towns be able to ban fireworks?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Town Fireworks Bans NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 393 participants gave 1,122 responses

A total of 84% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 16% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 1,122 responses from 393 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

No: A strong majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 80%, opposed allowing towns to ban fireworks.

  • “How can it be legal in the state and not in a city of that state?.”
  • “If you don’t like fireworks, either buy more land so you don’t have neighbors or move to a gated community.”

Yes: A minority, at 20% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of allowing towns to ban fireworks.

  • “They are a fire and safety hazard,” one gentleman noted. “There should be restrictions on where they can be used.”
  • “Neighborhood fireworks randomly shot off are distressing to PTSD vets, babies, and animals.”

Other: As noted above, 16% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Policy making in general: "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."

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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