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My so­cial me­dia feeds were chock full of peo­ple com­plain­ing about fire­works over the week­end.

Ev­ery year we have the same dis­cus­sion - should fire­works for pri­vate use be banned?

Per­son­ally, I think there is ab­so­lutely no need for them. I’m old enough and from a small enough town to re­mem­ber neigh­bour­hood bon­fires with a pa­per-stuff Guy thrown on top, and Dads care­fully set­ting off what were, by to­day’s stan­dards, very small and safe wee crack­ers. The big­gest thrill was the Cather­ine Wheel, nailed onto a tree stump.

Sun­day night was like be­ing in a war zone for more than two hours. It might not have been so bad if it was just one night, but it was the third night in a row.

I’m all for a bit of harm­less fun, but given the ex­traor­di­nary num­ber of lost dogs, in­jured horses and fright­ened pet own­ers on so­cial me­dia, it doesn’t ap­pear all that harm­less.

I’m all for pub­lic dis­plays only – pro­fes­sional, safe and fam­ily ori­ented.

Let’s get it right next year.

– Shan­non.

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