The loud bangs fireworks produce, similar to gunshots, can trigger symptoms of post-traumatic stress

For many mass shooting survivors, Fourth of July fireworks are a challenge, not a sign of celebration. It is an issue that military veterans and survivors of everyday gun violence have dealt with for years: the loud bangs of America’s Independence Day fireworks can trigger symptoms of post-traumatic stress.

This year it will be a new experience for the teens who survived school shootings in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas, in the spring.

Related: ‘It goes into your psyche’: photographing gunshot survivors in the US

Please be courteous and respectful every 4th of July ❤️❤️

Every year, the noise, the bang, the flashes – it does bring flashbacks of being there

Related: Bonfire night sparks unwanted memories of combat for war veterans

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