Be courteous and caution vets of fireworks

Published 10:09 am Friday, July 1, 2016

As the Independence Day holiday approaches, Phantom Fireworks would like to remind its customers, friends and all those who use consumer fireworks to be mindful of the fact that some veterans can be startled and upset by the noise of fireworks.

Chelsey Zoldan, MS Ed., a licensed clinical mental health counselor and special consultant to Phantom Fireworks, advises that there is the potential for some veterans to be reminded of combat situations when they hear the loud sounds of gunfire and/or fireworks.

Zoldan said the startle of the unexpected fireworks booms can cause some veterans increased anxiety, which could be difficult and challenging to them.

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Phantom Fireworks suggests that those who intend to shoot consumer fireworks in a neighborhood should contact their neighbors to let them know what they plan to do so those combat veterans who might be affected by the fireworks have the opportunity to take steps to avoid the unintended consequences.

Some veterans actually put signs in their front yards asking for consideration from neighbors when using fireworks.

According to Zoldan, the bottom line is that giving veterans a heads up that you will be lighting fireworks seems to be the most helpful. Vets aren’t necessarily scared of or by the noises, but the unexpectedness can trigger unwanted symptoms of distress.

Please enjoy the Independence Day holiday safely and please show courtesy to those military veterans who served so your freedoms could be protected.


William A. Weimer
Vice president
Phantom Fireworks