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Backyard Fireworks: What Will The Neighbors Think?

Some people love a good at-home fireworks show, others hate it. What's your take?

Every year backyards across Carrollwood and Northdale glow with fireworks and sparklers as we usher in a New Year. Some find the pops and booms exhilarating, others not so much.

So where do you stand on the issue? Do you like or dislike backyard fireworks in your neighborhood?

If you do decide to put on a show, be sure to follow the Hillsborough County guidelines and safety tips listed below:

  • Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.
  • Use fireworks outdoors only.
  • Wear safety glasses.
  • Keep lit sparklers at arm's length, away from your face, body or clothing, or someone nearby.
  • Keep lit sparklers away from flammable materials, such gasoline, hair spray or alcohol, and brush, leaves and homes.
  • Do not grab the burned or burning portion of a sparkler, as they are hot and can cause serious burns.
  • Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a "designated shooter."
  • Dispose of used sparklers in a bucket of water or sand or on a metal tray.
  • Once cool, dispose of the used sparkler wires in the trash.
  • Always have water handy. (A hose or bucket).

For a more detailed list of safety tips, visit the National Council on Fireworks Safety website at fireworksafety.com.

What are your thoughts on backyard firework shows? Tell us in the comments.

Katy December 28, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Personally, I think fireworks of any style should be left to the professionals. I have to deal with scared pets and the fear of stray embers setting a roof on fire. I have witnessed a neighbor's roof catch on fire because another neighbor decided he needed to set off fireworks. They are loud and intrusive and people who set them off rarely seem to have any consideration for their neighbors.
Martin December 28, 2012 at 03:53 PM
I totally agree with Katy. Last year I got in an argument with a neighbor who's fireworks were hitting my house & landing in my yard!
Bev Snyder December 29, 2012 at 02:45 AM
It should be illegal for random neighbors to shoot cannons filled with fire above our houses and pool cages. How can anyone possibly believe this is safe?
RD December 29, 2012 at 02:48 AM
I wish the bottle rockets, etc were better controlled. The neighbors children expertly launch their bottle rockets every year and every year we have to replace all the screens on our pool roof. They think it's funny. We think it should be illegal.
Sara January 07, 2013 at 06:14 PM
I agree with Martin & Katy, although I am delayed in responding. We have this issue for a few holidays throughout the year as we live in a neighborhood with several lakes. I don't mind them setting them off over the lake but it starts way too early and goes off and off (several neighbors) for 5-6 hours. Too much noise, can't go to bed and flustered animals is not a relaxing evening for us.

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