Town in Italy Keeps Animals Calm with Silent Fireworks

Fireworks lead anxious pets to destruction and owners to give up, but silent light displays could prevent all that.

Shelters see a peak in intake numbers come July 4th. Fireworks are the number one reason pets are dropped off at local rescue facilities because the loud noise and vibration results in destructive behaviors. Many owners get so frustrated they throw in the towel, swinging by the Humane Society to leave their canine or feline behind.

But silent fireworks could change all of that. In addition to abiding by tips to calm your pet during other noisy holiday festivities, noiseless fireworks could save animals a lot of anxiety.

The town of Collecchio in the Parma region of Italy mandates only quiet celebrations in the sky. Setti Fireworks, a company based out of Genova, Italy, creates the soundproof firecrackers.

Silent Fireworks

Not only does the invention of silent fireworks protect dogs, cats, and other house pets from a terrorizing evening, but farm animals and wildlife are also spared the thunderous booms that shake confused creatures to the core.

Many humans sensitive to the loud vibrations could also benefit from a more subdued skylight affair.

The fourth of July where we live is an absolute nightmare. Traditional fireworks, fireworks displays, loud bangs, loud fireworks, and fireworks shows could all be replaced with quiet or silent fireworks like this story talks about.

We also hear fireworks on New Year's Eve and our dogs are terrified. Quieter fireworks would save us a car trip on any holiday that involves loud noises. The horses next to us also hate the loud noises and have even injured themselves that night.

Why do epic fireworks have to be the norm for holidays in rural cities and towns? Locally the consumer fireworks are limited to a few areas where the public can go and enjoy them. So we're all for quiet fireworks and total elimination of firework displays! The big public fireworks even involve visual effects! This Italian tradition sounds amazing.

Though the U.S. and other countries have yet to catch on to this phenomenon, recent changes in animal rights cases suggest governments could well be on their way to looking out for pets on Independence Day.