Time to pack those fireworks away, folks

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

The Town of Oak Island had its Fourth of July fireworks display at 9 p.m. July 1. The City of Southport had its Fourth of July fireworks display at 9 p.m. July 4.

The Fourth of July has now come and gone, but it seems that several people are still celebrating—every night.

Every year a few days before the Fourth of July, tourists and vacationers flock to the South Brunswick Islands to enjoy the beach and set off a few of the fireworks they purchased across the border in South Carolina.

First, I must point out shooting off the type of fireworks that provide onlookers with pretty colored streaks of fire is illegal in North Carolina. Second, anything that says on the directions, “Light and run,” cannot be safe.

Aside from those two points, for those people who still want to risk it, I can understand having a little fun on the Fourth of July.

It’s when the fun begins July 1 and lasts through the end of September that it really becomes less like fun and more of a pain to coastal residents.

I love fireworks as much as the next person, just not every night.

There are a few nights a year that they are appropriate—Memorial Day, Fourth of July, New Year’s Eve, and if you really want to stretch it, Labor Day.

If it is not one of those days, light a candle, or turn a flashlight on and off really fast. Try going camping and lighting a campfire (if it is permitted). Just don’t disturb everyone around you.

Sometimes the shenanigans carry on until 1 or 2 a.m. I am not the type to call the police about someone shooting firecrackers—they have more important things to worry about.

Also, the police are usually out and about all night, so if I can hear them, the officers can too.

For those of us with pets and kids, the fireworks are even more of a nuisance. My poor dog is terrified of fireworks and has to be sedated much of the summer.

I am now trying to play CDs of fireworks and thunderstorms, gradually increasing the volume, with the hope that she will become used to the noise.

If not, I guess we will just have to rely on the sedation and hope she doesn’t become addicted. I’ve never heard of doggie-rehab.

My son is still pretty young—too young to enjoy looking at them but too old to ignore their big boom. When they are really loud he flinches and reaches for me. As long as I don’t get startled, he won’t either.

I am definitely not complaining about people visiting our beaches. I know tourism is large part of the economy here in Brunswick County, and I was once a visitor, too.

I know when I was able to get away from Statesville and escape to the beach, I wanted to have fun.

My only request is that you leave the fireworks at home.

RENEE SLOAN is a staff writer and page designer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or rsloan@brunswickbeacon.com.