In theory I love the 4th of July and I certainly enjoyed it as a child, but at some point common sense needs to intervene. Fireworks for the most part do not belong in the hands of the everyday person. I live in the desert and we have been getting issued high fire danger alerts for weeks now so you would think common sense would dictate the fireworks would only be permitted by professionals. Sadly, this is not the case. We allow fireworks to be purchased by ANYONE of a certain age without any kind of research into whether this person should be armed for Armageddon. Then, we let any drunk, child, or child being supervised by drunks light the damn things off. Sure, they are told you can’t do certain things in certain areas, but how many are going to listen to this when they purchased the damn things in the parking lot adjacent to a gas station or their local grocery store? So, every year I have to deal with my pets being terrified by the fact that our neighborhood sounds like we are in the middle of a military zone in the middle east and finding firework remnants in my yard and driveway near my cars (yup that’s safe) for days afterward. Can someone please use some sense and ban these things from public consumption with perhaps the exception of the more benign fireworks like sparklers, snakes, and blooming flowers? Because of the idiots setting off fireworks in our neighborhoods I have come to dread the 4th of July almost as much as my pets shake in terror each year on Independence Day. Happy 4th of July, but may all the drunks lighting off fireworks in residential areas encounter a Darwinian moment and remove themselves from the gene pool.