Be Careful with Your Fireworks

Be Careful with Your Fireworks

Besides the typical, “don’t blow your hand up,” advice there’s something else you might not have considered. Please be understanding with people who have combat PTSD, autism, sensory processing disorder (SPD), and other related conditions. How? The best way is to set your fireworks off in an area that’s not residential. If that’s not possible and someone asks you to stop setting them off, please stop.

What’s the big deal? It’s a little different for each condition. Combat PTSD triggers memories of the battlefield. The explosions and screaming, even if they’re because the people involved are having fun, are enough to trigger the memories of combat to overtake a veteran. Once the memories become active the person is no longer in the present and may not be able to come out and ask nicely for you to please set them off somewhere else. Not all veterans have PTSD but it would be most kind this Monday to assume they do unless told otherwise.

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Fireworks Photos

Fireworks Photos

I had a chance to take some photos of a show! I’ve included the best of the lot. Enjoy!

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4th of July, U.S. Independence Day

4th of July, U.S. Independence Day

I probably won’t make it out to see fireworks this year. Having a little one that goes to sleep before dark and vomits unexpectedly makes that difficult. If you have a camera that can, please take pictures for me! I’ll live vicariously through all of you.

Happy Independence Day!

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