Remember remember the fifth of November, gunpowder treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.
For those of you who don’t live in the UK this is the season for annoyance if you own a pet. Bonfire night or Guy Fawkes night is celebrated on the fifth of November to remember the time when Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the houses of Parliament and his plan was foiled. When I was a kid it was always a brilliant night, huge community bonfires, fireworks, toffee apples, bonfire toffee and standing outside in the cold around the fire with the rest of the town/city as we all went to see a huge fireworks display.
But that’s the thing, it was ONE NIGHT that it happened, maybe two if there was more than one big display somewhere around. My dog at the time would cower under whatever she could fit under for that night and as horrible as it was for her, she only had it for one night.
Now though the month leading up to and for some time after that night, people are setting off fireworks here there and everywhere! There is no rhyme or reason to when they set them off and poor Toby is on tenderhooks not wanting to leave the house even to pee once it gets dark outside.
It’s so frustrating to see my little boy hiding in a corner, craning his head round trying to watch every way he can to see where these horrible noises are coming from. It’s worse that after he finally gets the guts up to go outside there is a ‘crack’ in the sky of another firework and to have him run back into the house to sit at my feet with a look on his face begging me to stop them.
The thing that really annoys me about this whole issue is how easy it is for people to get fireworks these days (she says as another bloody boom echoes around the house) they are everywhere you look, every supermarket even the ones I wouldn’t trust to buy fresh meat from never mind explosives! Anyone and everyone can buy them, people who in the past wouldn’t have been allowed within a hundred metres of fireworks can now buy huge amounts of them and do whatever they may wish.
How can they let this happen? Make them so cheap? Make them so loud? How can the people who stock them let people who have no idea what they’re doing buy these death sticks at all? Never mind the fact that they’re selling them for so long so that they set them off over such a long time period. Once they have them how can they not keep them safe enough that idiots and children aren’t able to get their hands on them?
The most I was ever allowed anywhere near was a sparkler and then only under extremely close supervision and with an intense memory of the warning videos the government used to publicise each year at this time.
I am a pyromaniac, as such I have a very good understanding of fire and how dangerous it can be. I love bonfires, I do love watching fireworks but the whole situation is so frustrating!
We need to make people realise what they are doing!
The supermarkets need to take more responsibility for the danger they are unleashing.
I keep wondering whether it would work to put forth a petition to stop this idiocy in its tracks but…the government are probably too stupid to care.