Oh, don’t we love a fireworks display; the lighting; the color and even the noise set our hearts to happy. But just like every other thing in the world, what makes us happy may disturb someone else.
Fireworks aren’t all the fun and joy that you might think? For some they are dangerous and expensive. Consider the danger to buildings, when sparks land on a roof.
Animals become anxious and upset by the noise. Farm animals, especially sheep, sometimes stampede during a fireworks display. They pile up in a corner and may even be injured or die. Larger animals crowd into fences and may break down these barriers and run riot on a roadway.
In zoos, larger animals get very upset and this affects the smaller one. Imagine if the elephant roars and thumps beside the monkey cage. Under these conditions, the caretakers must be nervous as well.
Thankfully, some municipalities are making rules about when displays might take place. Some now require permits.
Love your fireworks for sure, but consider those around you who find them invasive and threatening.
There will come a day with another type of fireworks. Beware.
That’s when God spoke in holy splendor: “Brimming over with joy, I make a present of Shechem, I hand out Succoth Valley as a gift. Gilead’s in my pocket, to say nothing of Manasseh. Ephraim’s my hard hat, Judah my hammer. Moab’s a scrub bucket— I mop the floor with Moab, Spit on Edom, rain fireworks all over Philistia.” (Psalm 108:7-9)