Farewell to fireworks? Survey shows majority of Floridians want restrictions, possible ban

Fireworks at night over dark blue sky
'There is always some feeling or discussion of apprehension about fireworks and their possible effects on animals and children.'

Fourth of July fireworks will soon be bursting in air, but a new survey shows a majority of Floridians want the boom brought down a bit, with a plurality preferring a full fireworks ban.

The survey was conducted by Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Political Communication and Public Opinion Research Lab (PolCom Lab) and Mainstreet Research USA. Pollsters asked registered voters, “Would you support stricter regulations or bans on the sale and use of consumer fireworks in your area to reduce the noise and the stress they cause for people and pets?”

The results show 27% want an outright ban on fireworks, while another 27% would prefer time-based restrictions rather than a full ban. Only 5% felt fireworks should have no restrictions.

Robert E. Gutsche Jr., associate professor in digital cultures and strategy lead for the PolCom Lab, acknowledged the concerns expressed by a majority of respondents, but predicted that a full ban is unlikely.

“Fireworks are a long-standing tradition for celebrations across the world, but here in the U.S. they are ubiquitous to American patriotism,” Gutsche said.

“Walking around neighborhoods and across communities during Fourth of July, there is always some feeling or discussion of apprehension about fireworks and their possible effects on animals and children, for example. I’m not sure that means society is ready to ban them, though.”

The poll’s findings also saw a partisan split, with 63% of Democrats favor a ban or restrictions for fireworks in neighborhoods. Nearly a third of Republicans, meanwhile, want no restrictions.

According to FAU and Mainstreet USA, the survey was conducted June 29-30 in English and Spanish. “Since the poll was partially completed online, a margin of error cannot be assigned to the poll, but a poll of this size would have a margin of error of +/- (3.2 percentage points) at the 95% confidence level,” the polling memo added.

Ryan Nicol

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  • Elvis Pitts "THE BIG VOICE ON THE RIGHT" American

    July 3, 2024 at 1:48 pm

    Good afternoon Sage Patriots
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    • Andrew Finn

      July 4, 2024 at 2:43 pm

      No Elvis — “everybody” does not love fireworks. Too much noise and they scare my dog half to death !!!!!!!! Ban the damn things !!!!!!!!

  • Flash Light

    July 5, 2024 at 3:09 am

    So tonite, in our non-gated, non deed-restricted community we were treated to a variety of fireworks thanks to neighbors. Super! Except tomorrow we will each get to clean up debris on cars, driveways, sidewalks, and streets as well as look for the usual burned spots on screen cages. What other activity gets such a free pass for damaging property of others?

  • Confederacy of Dunces

    July 6, 2024 at 5:18 pm

    Most people do not realize their homeowners insurance will not cover damage from fireworks, as these are listed in a restricted category. We live next to a church owned parish housing unit which is subsidized free housing, in a historic neighborhood on the national register, meaning many of the homes are 100 years old. And wood. These geniuses were setting off roman rockets, the imported kind which very much USED TO BE illegal. One landed on our roof while on fire, the other in one of our bushes and caught fire because we are in the midst of a draught. We were scrambling with the hose at midnight, assaulted in our home by people standing on their property but launching the equivalent of a military assault on our property, how is this any different from someone aiming a rifle at your house and shooting, but according to the state of Florida laws, this action is protected. Another landed on the neighbors’ roof still afire. They were not home and we had to put theirs out as well. We had to confront these people and tell them they were endangering our homes and they had the freedom to go to the park or the beach but standing 10′ away from our home and setting off flammables was not acceptable, and these free church housing people were indignant and acted like we were crazy and had the gall to say we were unamerican and we “upset their children”. We now have to pay to get our roof fixed at the same time we are due for insurance inspection for renewal. This is a very real problem for a lot of people and it’s gone on far too long, in a state where were are having an insurance crisis, there is little to no civil enforcement from an overstretched police force, and by the way YOUR INSURANCE DOESN’T COVER FIREWORKS DAMAGE CAUSED BY YOU OR ANYONE ELSE. Get smart, people. Sick of it. By the way, your dogs and other pets can have heart attacks and you don’t even realize it. So you dog lovers out there defending your right to set off bombs in your backyard are hypocrites, too.

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