Fireworks not patriotic but harmful
To the Editor:
The firework season is in full swing. It begins the end of June and lasts through September on Lake Leelanau.
I would like to remind everyone that fireworks contain toxic heavy metals that damage our lungs, trigger asthma attacks, pollute the water and cause cancer and digestive illness in humans, pets and wildlife.
The loud noise triggers PTSD in veterans, causes miscarriages in deer and terrorize family pets and wildlife. They damage the natural beauty of Leelanau County.
Fireworks are not patriotic. If you have money to spend on them, why not consider a donation to veterans organizations, homeless shelter, animal shelters, conservancies or food pantries. That would be a cause for celebration!
I wish all my Leelanau County neighbors a peaceful and relaxing summer.
S. Sunnyview Rd., Traverse City