Strong majority against seasonal ban on fireworks - 227 participants, 504 responses

Dec 04, 2016

Officials in Rochester are considering a proposal that would ban the use of fireworks except for select holidays and during the months of June, July and August. Currently, fireworks are legal to use in Rochester year-round. On December 4, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Would you support a seasonal ban on fireworks use in your town?”

“Would you support a seasonal ban on fireworks use in your town?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents


A total of 97% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 3% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, this question received 504 responses from 227 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

No: A majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 88%, were against a seasonal ban on fireworks use in their town.

  • “We should be able to freely buy and use them whenever we want. Stop regulating everything.”
  •  “I hate them, but I would not ban them.”
  • “If you live near people who use such things and you don't like it, move.”

Yes: A minority, at 12% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, supported a seasonal ban on fireworks use in their town.

  • “I support a ban, period. There are people in my neighborhood who set off fireworks every weekend—makes my dog insane.”
  • “Yes. I see the direct effect on our lakes-so much chemical-laden cardboard in our waterways after a show.”
  • “Yes, for my buddies with PTSD.”

Other: As noted above, 3% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Personal experience: “Throughout my youth in Milton and Portsmouth the only time there were fireworks was on the 4th of July.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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