Please do not use fireworks in Anchorage on New Year’s Eve. Many people are still very anxious following the earthquakes, with loud noises such as airplanes and passing large trucks causing a fight-or-flight response. In any given year, fireworks can produce similar anxiety, but while we are still seeing such high levels of fear in our neighbors, this is a year to celebrate in other ways.
Fireworks are fun, but they are illegal in the municipality for a reason. This year in particular, please prioritize other people’s well-being and freedom from fear above your own fun, and don’t set any off in town. This small act of kindness will go a long way to helping our children, veterans, elders, and many others (including pets) who feel very on edge this year.
— Rev. Matthew Schultz
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