Fourth of July Fireworks Can Trigger PTSD

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The explosion of fireworks on the fourth of July can be traumatic for some war veterans.

While many enjoy the sights and sounds of fireworks, it can trigger frightening reactions for those who suffer from PTSD.

Veterans say the booming sounds and bright lights can cause flashbacks of war zones.

When making plans for your holiday celebrations, veterans are asking people to be more aware of others around them.

“Soldiers, airmen, and marines out there that are PTSD or just nervous about that they need to be respected and you need to be careful where you light those fireworks off, because it really could disturb them,” said Dave Rice Sr. Vice Commander Fargo VFW.

A study done by The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimated that 30-percent of Vietnam veterans have experienced PTSD at some point.