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Letter: Alternatives to fireworks at Rebel football games

From David Seidel, Danville —

The high school football season is over. The Boyle County Rebels had a fantastic year. We all love them. Now, can we discuss one aspect of games at Rebel Stadium: The Fireworks. The booms rattle the windows of nearby houses. And when the team is successful, they boom a lot.

I understand that it adds excitement to the game, that it is a tradition that has been around a long time, that Centre and others in the area also make loud noises, and that some believe that naysayers lack true community spirit.

But consider the effect of the blasts on neighbors. McDowell Place and Morning Pointe are almost next door — their elderly residents are upset by the noise. And especially consider the Humane Society — their dogs and cats were already traumatized before the blasts assault their sensitive hearing.

I’m not necessarily proposing eliminating the fireworks, just opening discussion. Some possibilities are:

  • Lower the intensity of the boom (of course, it can be lowered).
  • Replace the fireworks with something equally stirring – maybe the band playing the fight song.
  • Create a special cheer for each Rebel score.

I hope we are a community of fair-minded folks that will consider all aspects of this issue and will reach a resolution that meets everyone’s needs.