Environments Newsletter

JULY 2014

There is nothing more fun than celebrating Independence Day with a backyard barbeque and friends. Likewise, these celebrations would not be complete without fireworks – the loud bangs and crackles of an amazing set of colors in red, white and blue. Have you ever stopped to think about the impact of fireworks to our air quality, personal safety and property?

 

What Is In A Firework?

To make red, white and blue fireworks, manufacturers create the explosives with strontium compounds, magnesium and dioxin-laden copper mixtures. There’s also toxic barium for green, sodium nitrate for yellow and a mix of calcium compounds for orange. These are just a few of the chemicals released into the air by fireworks displays and breathed in by people. Click here to continue reading…

 

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