Nick Rowse: Annual visitor |

Nick Rowse: Annual visitor

On Saturday, while visiting my family here on Laurel Lane just below the Steamboat Ski Area, a fireworks display was shooting off for about 20 minutes or so. Regardless of the spectacle of lights and noise, which many people enjoy, I wanted to let your readers know of negative impacts to other people and to the environment.

Our two dogs were clearly very frightened being so close, and so we kept them inside the house. Unfortunately, many animals cannot seek shelter, including elk, foxes, other small mammals and many local bird species such as Stellar’s jays and ravens. These wildlife provide much enjoyment for many of us in the human community.

Finally, while many of the chemicals used in pyrotechnics are non-toxic, some are inhalation hazards such as barium chloride. Let’s keep fireworks off of our mountains and limit the use of them to more appropriate locations and times.

Thanks for the opportunity to comment.

Nick Rowse

Burnsville, Minnesota

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