For humans, the 4th of July fireworks display is a dazzling spectacle. For pets, it is a frightening sight and sound. | Local News

Dean echoed the suggestion to bring dogs and cats from outside inside when a fireworks display is scheduled.

“Make sure all the curtains are closed,” she said. “Some animals calm down if soft music is played, while others just have to put up with the noise until it is over.”

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Other animals like birds and horses are also affected by fireworks, Animal Ethics reported.

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In Danville, a fireworks display is scheduled for Sunday at dusk and will be set off from the southbound lane of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge. As usual, this will cause this lane to close, starting at around 1 p.m., so workers can get everything ready for the color explosion. The northern part of the bridge will close at 8 p.m. and the pedestrian trestle will close at 9 p.m.

On Friday, the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office will host a block party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the municipal parking lot behind the courthouse. At 9 p.m., the Chatham Rotary Club will launch a fireworks display which should be visible over most of Chatham and surrounding areas.

Taking animals to a fireworks display can be a disaster, as even a dog on a leash can “panic and escape,” Dean said.


Weinkauf and Dean both recommended that owners have a microchip implanted in a pet. In addition, animal information should always appear on a collar.

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