Fireworks on the Fourth
The action of the Pennsylvania legislature in passing enabling measures allowing cities of the state to regulate and prohibit the sale of dangerous fireworks and the setting off of the same within their boundaries has set an example which other states that have no such statutes on their books may well follow. Independence Day has too long been marred by a record of loss of life and limb through explosions of these dangerous toys and an enormous fire record caused directly or indirectly by fireworks.
The tendency of late has been to discourage the noisy celebration of the Fourth of July, which custom; had heretofore been made to appear necessary to the expression of the people’s patriotism. Parades, addresses, meetings, floral, flag and bunting displays are fast taking the place of flare and noise, and instead of suffering from this change, patriotism has, if anything, been enhanced by it.
The chiefs of fire departments and other Fire Preventionists should exert every influence possible from now until Independence Day to bring about the change to this more sane method of celebrating this holiday so dear to every American heart, and thus reduce the loss by fire and the dangers, especially to the young, that fireworks and kindred methods of celebration mean. Let’s have a safe and sane Fourth!