Thursday, June 27, 2013 | 2:01 a.m.
The time has come to ban the open sale of fireworks and only have them at organized events put on by professionals. Many towns, cities and other municipalities are banning them.
Fireworks poison our environment, burn and injure children and others, set unintentional fires and cause many pets to panic and run away. Animal control and the shelters receive many of these animals hoping people will come to claim them. Not all are turned in and end up in far worse situations.
Fireworks can be seen and heard for days before July 4 and after. There are too many reasons not to do the right thing for people, pets and our environment. Animal control, firefighters and people who never get their pets back will thank you. Fireworks are out of control and something needs to be done.