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Do Fireworks Really Have To Be So LOUD?


The possibility of silent fireworks  has been tugging at me ever since it emerged in my   Stream of Consciousness on Saturday. So, here’s a follow up.

Tuesday night we went out on our friend’s boat to watch fireworks along both sides of the  waterway between the mainland and the beach.  I was surprised how many different shows we could see, from the city display in the distance to people shooting off fireworks from private docks and small islands. I delighted in the sparkling bursts of color, but even more than the fireworks, I delighted in the moonlight reflecting on the water and on the section of beach not cluttered with houses, docks, or hotels.

I kept wondering how sea turtles and birds would be affected by the boom and brightness of the fireworks. We thought our coon hound Doodle wasn’t bothered by fireworks like our other July 4th trembling dogs who’ve since crossed over the rainbow bridge. But when we got home, Doodle went right to the bedroom and planted herself on the carpet until it was time for her walk. After the walk, she went right back to the bedroom. We let her sleep with us, realizing that the neighborhood firecrackers must have upset her while we were gone.

Doodle sleeping

I barely noticed Doodle in the bed, because I had taken a Dramamine for the boat ride. It worked well, but the drowsiness hit me at about 10PM and took 24 hours to get out of my system.

The next day, I happened to come across an article about silent fireworks displays in places like Italy and California. It’s not just a good idea for dogs, birds, and other animals, but also for human ears. After all those years of listening to loud music in my youth, I don’t want to do any more damage to my hearing.

I emailed our city council asking them to please look into the possibility and sent them this article for more information.

If we can put a man on the moon, why not silent fireworks?


Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

24 thoughts on “Do Fireworks Really Have To Be So LOUD?

  1. There was so much noise in our neighborhood, that our five dogs would not go outside. We had to stay up until the fireworks stopped. Silent fireworks, what a novel idea.

    • It can be quite traumatic for dogs. Years ago, one of my dogs had his only seizure during neighborhood fireworks. Thanks for staying up with yours. I’m sure other animals don’t like it much either. Even quieter fireworks would be a help.

  2. Since fireworks are a series of separate components, it should be easy to leave the final segment (I think it’s called a ‘report’) out of the assembly.

    It could be the true American dream product. The manufacturer could leave something out but charge more for the special product.

  3. I’ve never heard of such a thing! How marvelous! I like the booms, I admit. Even my dog enjoyed fireworks the first few years, but one year at the finale, she shook and cried toward the end, and since then we haven’t taken her. We turn the tv up nice and loud when we leave her, too. The cats do not care. Maybe it’s because we lived on an army base so long, lol, they maybe think it’s normal to hear booms all the time?
    BUT there are plenty of people who hate the sound of fireworks and I’d be all for silent ones, if it means they could have a good time! 🙂

  4. Absolutely! I sat with a mother cat and her 5 new born kittens while the neighbors were blasting off major fireworks in the middle of our neighborhood. There is a time and place, and this wasn’t it. Yes Im an animal lover,Matthew C Seufer

  5. Yes I agree, I think fireworks get louder.. Here we have them on Nov 5th. and each year they bang louder.. My cats would be so scared .. I gave them rescue remedy .. to try to calm them.. Not nice at all for pets or wild life..
    Hope you had a good 4th July.. xxx ❤ Love and Hugs Sue xx

  6. This is a great post. I have many neighbors that feel like shooting fire works off whenever they please. My small dog started having a anxiety attack and I was so worried. Thanks for bringing awareness to this issue!

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