First of all, I wish you all a happy new year. I hope you find all fortune in 2017.
With that being said, let's move on to a related topic.
It's the fireworks debate. Taking my county as an example, in The Netherlands there is a discussion about what to do with fireworks. You can currently buy them everywhere (with a certain limit regarding how heavy the firework is) and it's an old tradition. However, many people travel to countries such as Poland and other east European countries to buy heavy illegal fireworks. These are not fireworks anymore but rather bombs. And instead of firing them off in an empty field, they get fired off in cities, suburbs and near homes. And of course there's the cool youngsters that throw fireworks against people, in houses, in playgrounds and near elementary schools.
On the other hand, fireworks is an old tradition. Many people are afraid of losing another tradition. Over the last 3-4 years there was a big debate concerning 'Sinterklaas en Zwarte Piet'. It's a holiday in which white people paint themselves brown and hand out gifts to little children. Apparently this is racism according to an extremely small group of people. However, because our country is way to tolerate to everybody, we got rainbow Pieten, red, yellow, blue Pieten etc. A lot of people are angry about this and are therefore very old-school about the fireworks tradition.
So the debate goes in different ways. Some people say we should ban fireworks entirely, some people say we should make firework restricted area's in parts of cities and some people prefer to keep it the old way (fireworks for sale and you can set them off anywhere). The main problem that caused this debate, as described above, is that too many people are ignorant about how to handle fireworks. A bunch of people lose fingers, toes, hands, eyes every year because they do not handle fireworks careful enough.
To be very honest, it would be a shame to see another tradition and culture event fade away. However, it's the people itself who caused this. If there wouldn't be firework bombs that are pretty much grenades and if some people wouldn't cause so much trouble it would have been different. In my opinion it wouldn't be such a bad idea to restrict fireworks in the cities and villages and that people are only able to fire their own fireworks outside the town. The local counsel/government could host a fireworks show like in Sydney (but smaller of course). This could prevent many lost limbs, blown up mailboxes and annoyed people.
People are annoyed because some people can't handle fireworks but many people also dislike a firework ban because we lost other traditions.
How's the fireworks situation in your country? Are there any specific laws regarding fireworks? And how do the people feel about that?