small town in Italy has passed legislation requiring people to use only silent fireworks in displays and celebrations. new measure is to ensure wellbeing of dogs and other pets. town of Collecchio in province of Parma has decided that welfare of its pets is more important than sound of explosions that normally accompanies fireworks. more sensitive hearing of animals causes them to develop condition known as 'acoustic stress' that follows sudden and loud noises. The sounds and smoke created by fireworks can cause additional health problems in animals. Vets commonly report cases of nausea, tremors and increased anxiety in animals after fireworks show.
Awareness of potential problems created by sound of fireworks is growing in Europe. Over New Year, Germany banned fireworks near refugee shelters to minimise trauma experienced by refugees who had just fled war zones. Fireworks are also known to cause problems for war veterans. The explosions bring back painful memories of being in areas of conflict and can trigger post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, not everyone agrees with idea of silent fireworks. Antonio Maldini said: "You need the booms, cracks and thunder. It's essential part of fun." He advised pet owners to keep animals indoors and keep all windows firmly closed.