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Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights, celebrated with fireworks.

My closest friend on Facebook shared this picture on my wall:

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Happy Diwali

Thousands of birds, dogs & other animals die out of shock, fear & accidents during Diwali. Spare a thought for the creatures who cannot speak up.

Please do not use loud and explosive firecrackers this Diwali.
Every Diwali.

Are fireworks from the festival of Diwali killing thousands of birds, dogs and other animals?

  • I found some "near miss" studies, that don't answer the question, but might help another researcher: (1) Fireworks impact roosting magpie numbers in Poland - it doesn't mean they died, but they didn't hang around. – Oddthinking Nov 9 '18 at 4:23
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    (2) Birds flee en mass from New Year’s Eve fireworks in the Netherlands. "Although we do not expect fireworks to be directly lethal to birds, confounding factors, such as disorientation, or flying in inclement weather normally avoided could potentially result in mortality." but they discuss other events that might have caused fatalities. – Oddthinking Nov 9 '18 at 4:25
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    As the image capture says, fireworks rarely kill birds directly (because of the explosion), buth rather they are scared, fly away blindly and, if the weather conditions aren't good, they may get killed. See google.com/… – Rekesoft Nov 9 '18 at 9:23
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    Is it necessary to limit the question to Diwali? – Jan Doggen Nov 9 '18 at 9:37
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    @JanDoggen: I'd think so. Firework regulations vary greatly between countries. Even when it comes to India, there are some parts of the country that have strikter regulations than others. For instance, in 2009 Bengal banned "chocolate bombs" due to their excessive noise. – Schmuddi Nov 9 '18 at 10:05

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