Firework night is over – thank god. Like Christmas, the bangs and sparkles seem to start earlier and earlier every year. I like fireworks – in theory. Ohh Ahh Lovely. In the same way that I think veal tastes nice, but when you start thinking about it, our bizarre celebration of a failed terrorist attack leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.
The Norwegian calls fireworks displays ‘advanced littering’ and you can see his point. Today we need to think about the resources we use and the impact that this use has on our environment. From that point of view fireworks have little to redeem themselves.
And there aren’t many other activities that lead to widespread, burning and maiming of children on a yearly basis. If fireworks were invented now, they’d be banned in a flash of a rockets tail.
To ban fireworks night, then, seems the only option.
We are also considering banning Christmas. Wrapping paper – what a waste.