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Bang out of order.

Byline: Selina Scott

I DON'T like to be a party pooper but, for once, I couldn't agree more with the bureaucrats of Brussels.

An EU committee has recommended that the noise level of fireworks be reduced to 125 decibels.

Apparently while women enjoy spectacular firework displays men enjoy big bangs, the louder the better.

At this time of year even the quietest of neighbourhoods sounds like a re- run of the Battle of the Bulge.

Thunderclaps and bombursts and other detonating fireworks not only shatter the evening peace, they terrify old people as well as household pets.

So in the run-up to Guy Fawkes' night, don't just spare a penny for the Guy, spare a thought for innocent victims of all these other guys who literally believe in getting the biggest bang for their bucks.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 3, 2002
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