Neighborhood fireworks a menace

January 06, 2012

I totally agree with letter writer Fred Medinger regarding fireworks ("Stricter laws for fireworks in neighborhoods," Jan. 5). On the evening of Jan. 1, the individual who lives directly across the street from me was setting off fireworks with small children in the audience. Those aerial fireworks were flying way above my house (not his house, of course), and the remains were falling directly on my residence.

The next batch he had prepared to set off in the street (a county road) toppled over, making them fly parallel to the ground and causing all of the fiery airborne material to be aimed directly at my windows, siding, bushes, fence, car and property. My wife was in the house and looking out as the fiery material hit the window. She was terrified that our home would be set on fire. Fortunately, it had been raining minutes earlier and nothing ignited. However, it might not be so wet next time. Such behavior is dangerous, unneighborly, and illegal.

According to the state fire marshal's office, any fireworks that fly are illegal in this state. Those who possess or discharge such illegal fireworks can be found guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a fine not exceeding $250 for each offense. I propose that the Maryland General Assembly pass legislation to increase those fines to at least $1,000. Also, they might even need to put in some jail time to beef up the statute and put an end to this madness.

Dave Lotz, Linthicum Heights

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