Friday, July 4, 2014

Air Pollution from Fireworks

While pyrotechnics are a central part of Independence Day celebrations, they pose serious short and long term health risks.

Fireworks are explosives that spew dust, smoke, heavy metals, carbon monoxide and other toxins into the air.

There are a number of harmful emissions from fireworks including particle-filled smoke and lung-clogging antimony to heart-toxic Barium and body-contaminating perchlorates.

Concerns about air quality prompted China to scale down its New Year's celebrations.

While there are some companies working on developing greener fireworks with lower levels of toxins, they are expensive and yet to be produced at commercial scale.

© 2014, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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