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Pipe Bombs, Bottle Bombs & Firecrakers

June 2, 2010 - Theresa Proudfit

A few days ago I heard some of Michigan's lawmakers want to change state law to allow roman candles, bottle rockets, and firecrackers. Yesterday I received an email from a friend warning of bottle bombs being made in the area and today our breaking news is "Pipe bomb found in Caspian". All of these things make me nervous. Even though these fireworks are illegal in our area, residents light them off all summer long.  So why not make them legal? Because they are dangerous. Fatally dangerous. I couldn't find any statistics from 2009, however according to the National Council on Fireworks Safety, about 7,000 injuries were reported in hospital emergency rooms throughout the United States in 2008. Being surrounded by Wisconsin I think Dickinson County residents don't see it as a big deal to use the fireworks. But just because they are legal in Wisconsin doesn't make them any less dangerous. A few years back I attended a party in Wisconsin and  watched a responsible adult, who was safety cautious, light off a firework  and have that firework take off and land on the laps of several young children attending the party. Luckily the kids were covered with a thick blanket which by the way the firework set on fire and burned a large hole through. What if the children were not covered by that blanket? In junior high school one of my classmates was killed by a pipe bomb right here in Iron Mountain. I think about him often. A great kid with his entire life ahead of him lost to us because he wanted to see an explosion. I am opposed to the law change but even without a change in the law I know Michigan residents will continue to use the fireworks. I just hope they will be careful. Please practice safe methods when using fireworks and don't allow your children to light off bottle rockets and firecrackers. That quick thrill could seriously injure or even take the life of someone you care about.


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