Why launching fireworks and firecrackers during the war is unethical and will it be banned

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Why launching fireworks and firecrackers during the war – is unethical and will it be banned

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Some Ukrainians continue to use pyrotechnics during martial law, setting off fireworks, salutes, and sometimes lighting firecrackers.

Some “pranksters” manage to set off fireworks even during an air raid alert. Recently, such a case occurred in Odessa.

So, on the night of June 3, several residents of Odessa launched fireworks in the Primorsky district during an air raid – at the moment when the enemy fired cruise missiles from the Black Sea. If the “jokers” laughed, then the locals were not laughing at all, since the loud sounds of the fireworks looked like explosions. Fireworks were fired near the building of the SBU, so law enforcement officers quickly figured out and detained the “jokers”, but a scandal erupted on social networks – people demanded that the perpetrators be severely punished.

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case. Before that, during martial law, fireworks were also launched in other cities, although not during an air raid. This indicates that the problem with the use of pyrotechnics in Ukraine is again acute – some people do not understand that their actions can harm someone. And above all, to our defenders who have defended and continue to defend our country from the occupiers. Many of them have been experiencing severe stress disorder since 2014. In 2022, many peaceful Ukrainians also faced this problem.

Ukraine wants to ban fireworks and other pyrotechnics

Even before the start of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, a petition appeared on the website of the Office of the President with a request to ban pyrotechnic products and stop their sale in the country. The petition received the necessary number of votes, and it was supported by the president and instructed the Cabinet of Ministers to consider the possibility of banning firecrackers and fireworks during martial law.

The use of firecrackers, fireworks and other pyrotechnic products in martial law, when every shot, every explosion, even in areas where there are no hostilities, creates severe stress and discomfort for every citizen, his pets and nature, and partly creates a threat to their lives and health,” Zelensky said.

He added that the use of pyrotechnics during martial law should be clearly regulated at the legislative level. So far, the production, storage, transportation, trade of firecrackers and fireworks are still not subject to licensing, and their sale and use are not defined by the current legislation.

On June 6, draft law No. 7438 was submitted to the Verkhovna Rada, which proposes to ban the use of pyrotechnics during the war. According to the bill, they can ban the use of any fireworks, salutes and firecrackers. And also it is impossible to carry out any events using pyrotechnics. They want to make an exception only for:

  • stage pyrotechnics T1 and T2,
  • class F1 fireworks, which have a low level of danger and the noise level does not exceed 60 decibels,
  • for the use of pyrotechnics by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the National Police, rescuers in accordance with the legislation of Ukraine.

The bill was submitted for consideration to the relevant committee, after which it will be submitted for consideration by the Verkhovna Rada. Most likely, the decision will still be approved, since the sounds of salutes and fireworks frighten Ukrainians across the country.

Note that the use of fireworks is already officially banned in many cities. The decision to ban is made by each city or town council individually. In particular, in 2014-2017 such decisions were made by the city councils of Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, Zaporozhye, Vinnitsa, Cherkassy, ​​Lutsk, Ternopil and many other cities. Some localities have set a time period in which fireworks and salutes can be launched. However, people continue to break the rules and use pyrotechnics wherever and whenever they please. More often, of course, on New Year's Eve.

Dangerous and immoral: how fireworks kill and harm health

First of all, it is important to understand that the use of fireworks, salutes and firecrackers can harm the person who directly launches them. With careless use or with a defect in the product, people who want to make themselves a holiday often get burned, and in some cases even lose their limbs or their eyesight.

But most often people suffer from the sounds of fireworks, fireworks and firecrackers who were in the combat zone, including participants and witnesses of the war. Today, the war has touched almost every Ukrainianand it is easier to count the number of those people who did not hear the explosions outside their window.

Now many military and Ukrainians suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and sounds like explosions literally make them relive their trauma. At such moments, the brain turns on the “fight or flight” response and a person can harm himself or others.

Please note: According to statistics, PTSD can manifest itself in 20% of people who have survived military operations.< p>Also fireworks harmful to children and adults with autism spectrum disorders because they are highly sensitive to sound and light stimuli. At such moments, a psychotic event can occur in a person.

At the same time, it is important for “jokers” to realize that now, when Russia shells our cities every day, the sounds of pyrotechnics scare not only people with PTSD or autism, but almost all residents of Ukraine.

Also fireworks literally kill street animals and pets. In particular, every year after New Year's Eve, dead birds, squirrels and sometimes even dogs are found in places where fireworks and fireworks were launched. Birds become disoriented at loud noises and get into trees, houses and high-voltage wires.

And pets, most often dogs, are so frightened that they can feel short of breath, defecate, or break off the leash during a walk and run away. Sometimes they get hit by a car. Rarely, but there are cases when dogs die at home, because they cannot withstand stress and die of fright due to cardiac arrest. Dogs are very sensitive to sounds due to their keen hearing. Cats are usually quite indifferent to the celebration, although there are exceptions. Other small pets also suffer from sharp sounds.

Consequences of fireworks in Odessa and Chernivtsi: Facebook photo by Dmitry Revun and Victoria Gusarova

Why is it unethical to launch fireworks and petards during the war – and will it be banned

Why is it unethical to launch fireworks and petards during the war – and will it be banned

Why is it unethical to launch fireworks and petards during the war – and will it be banned

Why is it unethical to launch fireworks and firecrackers during the war – and will it be banned

Why is it unethical to launch fireworks and petards during the war – and will it be banned

Why is it unethical to launch fireworks and firecrackers during the war – and will it be banned

Another argument that fireworks and fireworks should be forgotten is ecology. In particular, one study shows that in the United States, due to pyrotechnic shows on Independence Day, the concentration of pollutants in the air increases by 42%.

Scientists have also found that even in calm weather, heavy metals used in pyrotechnics (strontium, vanadium, potassium, titanium, barium, copper, lead, magnesium, aluminum and zinc), over several days overcome hundreds of kilometers. Subsequently, heavy metals, together with rainwater, enter the ground and pollute water bodies.

In addition, every year the Ministry of Emergency Situations registers dozens of fires that started due to inept handling of pyrotechnics.

Of course, fireworks and fireworks look beautiful in the night sky. But they are definitely not worth the mental health of Ukrainians, animal life and global warming. It's one thing to voluntarily harm only oneself, it's another thing to endanger others for one's own amusement for a few minutes.

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