RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- While many of us will be out celebrating the holiday with BBQ and fireworks, it's important to remember those around us who have given their lives in service of our country.
Not only are fireworks illegal, lighting them off in neighborhoods can have negative effects on neighbors, especially those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress.
Mike Wells is an Iraq Veteran and says illegal fireworks have caused him to have anxiety attacks. He says one year he fell to the floor and had a severe anxiety attack. He says he's not alone, in fact, there is a large veteran population in Northern Nevada.
He says illegal fireworks can trigger everything from flashbacks, to memories and can cause anxiety attacks.
He says the simple sound of a firework can send a soldier mentally back into war.
"It's different for everybody, for some people it could be a lot worse for some people it could be just a mild anxiety attack. Some people who have been through bad traumatic events, this can be really as traumatic as the event that originally unfolded for them," said Wells.
He says his whole intent is not to stomp on 4th of July fun, but rather have people remember and appreciate the men and women who have risked their lives for this country's freedom. He encourages everyone to enjoy the fireworks, but leave the it to the professionals.