By Matthew Russell


For centuries, humans have celebrated with booming, bright, and colorful fireworks. For one Italian city, though, that tradition ended in 2015, and animals and possibly even vets suffering from combat post-traumatic stress disorder are benefitting from it.


These days, when there’s a big celebration in Collecchio, a town in the Italian province of Parma, the fireworks are silent, as required by law since 2015 and out of respect for Collecchio’s animal population. The star of the show is Setti Fireworks, a company that makes dazzling fireworks without the thundering report.

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