I understand the fascination of fireworks, seen at night, in a beautiful display. I too have loved the yearly shows I saw first as a child in the US on the fourth of July and later in Israel on Independence Day. But I also grew up understanding that they are dangerous, and should be set off by professionals - in an open space - at night, etc.
On the Dutch news yesterday they mentioned that parking in Amsterdam over the past few days will be free - not out of good will for the New Year - but due to the fact that they have sealed off all the parking meters (and mailboxes too for that matter), as kids tend to stick fireworks inside them, and blow them up.
|Patriot Missiles protecting Tel Aviv|
These fireworks are too much for me. And the reason is one that sadly, many immigrants to these flatlands will identify with. I have lived through war.
During the Gulf War in 1991, I was living in Tel Aviv, working in an office building in Ramat Gan, and carrying a gas mask with me wherever I went.