Well, that time of year is here again, where we will have night after night of loud explosions to terrify our dog, to the point that he actually does try to climb up the wall, the fish tank, me....... I dread to think how non-domesticated animals cope. Then there is the fall-out, all over the cars, gardens as well as strewn all over the place. Don't get me wrong, I don't want to be a killjoy, but these fireworks are nothing like the ones we had when we were kids - nowadays, these are almost like small mortar shells, and are so loud they even exceed the volume of planes (and I should know, as Heathrow is practically a neighbour!). Here we are being chastised about running our cars, and air quality (diesel particulates anyone?), and yet there will be at least two weeks of the daily assault of these explosions (given Diwali is on the 7th); how can it be right that any Tom, Dick or Sheila can walk into a shop off the street and walk out with armfuls of explosives, virtually unchecked? How can it be right that they are talking about banning barbecues in cities, yet these damned things get let off every year? Time for domestic fireworks to be banned or at least curbed in my view -- at the least, the issue needs to be looked at more comprehensively. If you agree, and if you are an animal lover, please sign the petition (not my petition by the way!) - Petition: Ban the sale of fireworks to the public. Displays for licenced venues only.