1. Fireworks. Not so much the big professional shows (though really, you’ve seen one of these and you’ve pretty much seen them all). No, what I can’t stand is the amateur backyard/driveway jobs. Twice a year people get to detonate small explosives in residential areas. So twice a year I get to breathe in toxic smoke and feel my ears ringing because it’s “tradition.” Want some more reasons I hate fireworks?
- –The estimated annual cost of fireworks-related injuries is $100 million. Fireworks-related fires have caused at least $15 to $20 million in property loss each year in the past decade.
- –There is a strong risk of permanent hearing loss in children.
- –Fireworks kill birds.
- –Fireworks terrify animals, which is why the Fourth of July is the #1 day in which pets get lost and end up in shelters.