Deep into the night, the sound of explosions and crackling made sleep a near impossibility over the July 4th weekend, forcing residents to play a game of “gunshot or firework” while fearing either if you're outside your home.
There's only one real solution at this point: a federal ban on fireworks. The dazzling displays are beautiful, but only if done by a professional.
That's to say nothing about the safety issues that go along with allowing anyone with a debit card and computer or a friend with a car and full tank of gas easy access to an explosive that can take your hand off if not handled properly.
Even if it's handled properly, many pyrotechnic experts still suffer damage and burns from fireworks that shoot off incorrectly.
Outlawing them in New York City is clearly no deterrent, anyone that lives in Queens and Brooklyn could tell you that.
There's a middle ground to be had. Legalize sparklers and spark fountain fireworks, but anything with gunpowder that creates a loud noise and explodes needs to be handled by professionals.