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Fireworks Are Going Green

Posted by Ivey on July 2nd, 2010

Fireworks DisplayThe Fourth of July is a great occasion to enjoy the company of family and good friends, eat great food, and celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s independence with visually stunning fireworks displays. While fun to watch, fireworks can be hazardous to the environment around them. The explosions and colorful light displays are often created using various heavy metals, sulfur-coal compounds, and other noxious chemicals. For example, Barium is frequently used to create green colors in fireworks and Copper compounds are used to create blue colors—even though these compounds have been linked to cancer. In addition to the potential harmful effects of these chemicals, fireworks can also leave behind hazardous smoke and physical debris.
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