Letter: Perennial fears ignited again

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On Page C5 of the June 24 Columbian, in the story “Chehalis reservation fireworks vendors hope sales will spark,” two men from Vancouver were quoted as saying, “It’s the one time of the year when you can drink and blow stuff up.”

The June 26 editorial, “Celebrate legally,” did a good job covering the rules for firework times throughout the cities and unincorporated areas of Clark County.

However, there was no mention of the dangers involved when too much alcohol leads to fireworks being shot towards homes, yards, and even neighbors themselves. Real tragedy is just waiting to happen. When it does, the way the media are today, Clark County fireworks could be negatively featured on CNN or MSNBC. There are too many people in our county who allow poor judgment and alcohol to lead them to not care about what or who their fireworks damage or injure.

This is my 10th year in Clark County, and I regret reporting the Clark County Fire Marshal’s office is the only agency or official that has politely and efficiently responded to my fears about damage to my home, property, or self.

Don Greenwood, Vancouver