Saturday, July 20, 2013
Fireworks for Sale
Thank goodness they're gone! Each year as July 4th and December 31st appear on the horizon, hawkers of fireworks set up tents in various places in Ocala to peddle their wares.
I don't like them. Fireworks are dangerous. Not only so, but most of the fireworks these people sell are illegal. In Florida you can legally purchase only those items considered "sparklers," such as sparklers, fountains, snakes and glow worms.
But any fireworks that are defined as firecrackers, Roman candles and red waves that explode or shoot up in the air are banned. Ah, but there is a loophole (isn't there always?)! All you need do is sign a waiver that says you will use your fireworks in an approved manner, such as in an agricultural setting. Hah!
So, at least twice a year thousands of dollars are spent on a dangerous and illegal scam. And while people go wink-wink and look away, hundreds of people are injured, some severely because they are dumb as doorknobs and should not be allowed to play with Legos much less fireworks!
On July 4th in our neighborhood, we were treated to hours of the sights and sounds of firecrackers, bottle rockets, Roman candles, etc., just a block away - it was quite a show - a show that everyone knows is dangerous and against the law. Hey, is this a great country or what?