Keep Euclid Skies Safe

The Fourth of July, our country’s Independence Day, is a day of celebration and a time when families and friends gather together to enjoy barbecues, parades, and fireworks displays. However, the use of fireworks and gunfire before, during and after this day can pose serious dangers to individuals and communities.

Fireworks are a traditional part of Independence Day celebrations, but serious injuries can occur if not handled or detonated properly. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were an estimated 10,000 injuries caused by fireworks in 2019. These injuries ranged from burns and lacerations to more serious injuries such as loss of fingers or limbs, and even death. Fireworks can also cause fires resulting in millions of dollars in property damage.

In addition to the dangers of fireworks, gunfire is also a concern around this holiday. It has become a tradition in some communities to celebrate with gunfire, but this can have deadly consequences. Stray bullets can cause serious injury or death, even miles away from the source of the gunfire. Remember the expression “what goes up, must come down”. 

Furthermore, gunfire can also lead to property damage. Bullets can pierce walls, windows, and roofs, causing significant damage to homes and other buildings. This can result in costly repairs and even make homes unlivable. Discharging a firearm is a violation of Euclid ordinance 571.09 which reads (a) No person shall discharge any firearm in the City except in a regularly established shooting gallery or range.  This division shall not be construed to prohibit any law enforcement officer from discharging a firearm in the performance of his or her duty, or to prohibit any citizen from discharging a firearm when lawfully defending person or property.   (b) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree and shall be subject to the penalty provided in Section 599.02.

It is important for individuals and communities to be aware of the dangers of setting off fireworks and gunfire around Independence Day. Instead of using fireworks and gunfire, there are many safer ways to celebrate like attending a community firework display where the work is left to the professionals.  By being aware of these dangers and taking appropriate safety precautions, we can ensure that everyone can celebrate this important holiday safely and responsibly.