Why should they be illegal?
For the last several hours there has been constant bombing like sounds. No different than any war time movie I have seen. Not just the people setting off those fireworks have to listen. Every person around has to listen. It is almost 10:30 PM. What if I had to be up at 4am for work the next day? You are talking about hours of noise that I am sure will continue past midnight. My FB is full of people talking about their dogs and how terrified they are (we do not have a pet). I can see from my porch small children about 2 feet from fireworks going off. I can tell you from experience that tomorrow AM on the local news will be at least one person seriously hurt from a firework accident.
I am not talking a town or big organization having a trained person setting of a firework display. I am talking about every other house having fireworks in the street.
For the truly dumb....yes, they should be illegal. But, you can't outlaw stupidity unfortunately so why spoil the fun for the sensible people? Here private citizens can't have fireworks on their property or city property, but we have land outside the city where we can have fireworks, which we do on some long weekends (as long as we call the local farmer and let him know so he can keep his cows in the barn. For real.
I don't think they should be illegal. If it was occurring every night, or many many nights throughout the year then i think people could be stopped by noise ordinances. But I think to make them illegal because around a single holiday people set off a lot of them is overboard and a bit crotchety.
As for safety, i agree with Lisa. Yes fireworks are dangerous, but plenty of people use them without incident.
And they are illegal here in NY and they've been going off all night anyway in my parents very suburban neighborhood so....
The fireworks are still going off at a quarter to midnight.
It is not only the 4th of July. New years is worse.
I am sure I am just being grumpy because I wish I was home for July 4th. It is the biggest holiday there. Everyone does their own thing for Christmas and other holidays. July 4th was the one holiday where all the Aunts, Uncles, Cousins came in for a great big get together. Here, it is just noisey.