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Fireworks paradox

Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

On June 27, on the Opinions page of the Northwest Herald, there was an editorial written by an editor, I presume, headlined “Remain safe this July 4th.”

This is one of the paragraphs toward the bottom: “Leave the fireworks to professionals. While it’s tempting to want to light off a few firecrackers, that’s best left to those who have the training to do so safely. It’s illegal to buy, use or possess commercial fireworks in Illinois without a display permit from local authorities, anyway.”

Interestingly, in the same section of the newspaper, there was a half-page advertisement for Black Bull Fireworks in Wisconsin. It even included a coupon for free bottle rockets with any purchase. And you could text for directions.

Does this seem like a paradox to anyone else that reads this newspaper?

Hope you had a happy and safe Fourth of July wherever you saw the professional fireworks.

Diane Farina


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