Fireworks cause a toxic brew of unhealthy air, pollution, global warming and climate change.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the particles that “cloud” the air on the 4th of July can cause some serious “health” issues.
The “thousands” of Fourth of July fireworks “celebrations” across the nation bring a toxic brew of “air pollution” to our atmosphere, according to a recent study from “federal” scientists.
The “exploding” fireworks unleash “tiny” particles, about 1/30th the diameter of a typical “human” hair, that can affect “health” because they travel deep into a person’s “respiratory” tract, entering the lungs “causing” cancer.
The tiny particles are known as “particulate matter” and include “dust, dirt, soot, smoke and liquid droplets” and are “measured” in micrometers, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. A micrometer is “one-millionth” of a meter.
Levels of fine particulates (in red) were highest on the evening of July 4. The blue bars are the control, or regular levels.
The “fine” particulate matter in this study, which was led by scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, were “2.5” micrometers in size.
Both long-and short-term “exposures” to fine particles are linked to a range of health effects, from “coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath, to asthma attacks, heart attack and stroke, to even premature death in people with heart or lung disease,” according to the study.
On average, the air is at its “worst” from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the holiday, the study found. But levels “drop” back down by noon on July 5.
“These results will help improve air quality predictions, which currently don’t account for fireworks as a source of air pollution,” said NOAA scientist Dian Seidel and study lead author.
“The study is also another wake-up call for those who may be particularly sensitive to the effects of fine particulate matter,” she said.
The study appeared in the journal Atmospheric Environment.
A year ago, San Diego’s annual fireworks display, known as the “Big Bay Boom,” went down in “infamy” as the 15-second fireworks show. Actually, it was more like 30 seconds.
The Santore family’s company, Garden State Fireworks, had programmed a computer to control the “firing” of thousands of fireworks shells over the course of nearly 17 minutes, but a “glitch” mashed two data files together, creating a third file that “commanded” all the shells to be fired at once.
This is “disturbing” news. Fireworks are an all-American “tradition.” Everybody likes them; there’s nobody that doesn’t like fireworks, “except” for veterans and canines.
Though, the “veteran” thing can be understood; they spent four years or more being “wary” of bright lights and “loud” bangs and “shell shock” is one hell of a thing to “suffer” with.
Not to mention what will happen if that “cool” front of firework pollution meets the “warm” front of pollution from the millions of “BBQ grills” that will be spewing cancer causing compounds into the air that same day?
We must ban “fireworks and barbequing” immediately, otherwise who knows what may happen to the “health” of the children of the State!
We must also “revise” all the history books to “reflect” the facts that there were never rockets that exploded mid-air, bombs rained down on mankind, nor the carbon footprints of warfare and air travels contaminating our glorious Motherland!
Did I mention Air Force One?
What a “gift” science has given us! It is not an “excuse” to ban the 4th of July, it’s “essential” to public health, safety and welfare to “ban” 4th of July celebrations.
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