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Idiots With Fireworks! Time To Ban The Blasts

Redneck Newfies & Their Toxic "Fun"

Neighbors shoot fireworks 
over our property and at our house.

Time to ban the blasts in our backyards!

So who's responsible for cleaning this up? Someone should be responsible for cleaning this up and paying for a soil and water test at the very least...Our town allows fireworks and not just on New Years. Neighbors shoot them off regularly on summer evenings, weekends...So yes, I'm pissed and stressed. It's trespassing, a fire hazard and a health hazard...Their junk and fallout are on my personal property (the home I built to be a "healthy" home). People need to get a clue, and towns that don't ban these toxic and noisy fireworks should be held responsible for damages. So you think these are "fun"?... I don't and many others agree with me.

Because it's calling for freezing rain, my husband spent a beautiful 
New Years morning cleaning up what fell on our garden and decks...
There's a whole lot more all over our roof!

You can see the red particles all over the snow 
(Lithium & Strontium compounds)

Plastic Cartridges

Likely the smoke & toxins got inside our "healthy home" via the roof vent!

Bag of debris hubby collected in about an hour...Tedious work.

PLEASE PLEASE people, think twice about setting off fireworks! Is poisoning the air and water and terrorizing pets, wildlife and people a good way to celebrate? You might not know that all those colorful explosives used to celebrate special occasions pose serious environmental and health dangers from heavy metals (Such as aluminum, arsenic, lead and more). Fireworks are not just pretty lights, they are very dangerous. I for one have them shot at the roof of my house and over my property regularly...I've had enough of it. I also grow organically and am on a well. Because fireworks are laced with heavy metals that contaminate our soil and water, they also contaminate drinking water and the food we grow. Firework "smoke" can wreak havoc on those with asthma and breathing difficulties. Think of the terror animals feel from the flashing lights, loud whistling and booms, this noise pollution is terrifying to pets and wildlife. Why not bring in the New Year with peace and happiness for all? Please find other ways to celebrate and remember, I'm not the one being a kill-joy...when you set off fireworks YOU are the one doing harm...That really kills the joy.

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"Fireworks contribute to polluting or damaging our planet in various ways throughout their life cycle.

Manufacturing: Raw materials and energy are used to create the final firework product. Firework ingredients often come from elements that need to be mined from the earth. Mining is not exactly environmentally friendly. Minerals then need to be processed and isolated... often with chemicals. Fireworks use plastic plus paper & cardboard (which kills trees) and are all made at factories that pollute.

Transportation: Firework components are transported to the firework assembly plant, finished fireworks are transported to their various distribution centers and stores. Transporting may include planes, boats, and trucks. I don't need to tell you the pollution that vehicles cause. And don't forget that the consumer drives to purchase the fireworks, sometimes hundreds of miles to another state to bypass local restrictions.


Air Pollution: The smoke from fireworks consists mainly of fine toxic dusts (particulate matter) that can easily enter the lungs. This represents a real threat for people with asthma or multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). Smoke from fireworks combustion may contain a mixture of sulfur-coal compounds, traces of heavy metals, and other toxic chemicals or gases. The combustion cloud can contain harmful fumes such as ozone, sulfur dioxide and nitric oxide. Smoke from consumer fireworks is of most concern because they are released at a low level which makes inhalation more likely compared to professional displays. Additionally, in this time where the issues of climate change and global warming are being presented with a sense of urgency, we need to be concerned about the greenhouse gases fireworks produce, which include Carbon dioxide (CO2) and ozone.

Water Pollution: Fireworks fallout can contaminate water supplies and residue on the ground can be carried away by rain and end up in our lakes, rivers, or oceans.

Noise Pollution: Fireworks can be loud and the vibrations can travel far. In the middle of the night fireworks often disturb people trying to sleep. Fireworks can exceed 140 decibels and noise at 85 decibels or above can damage hearing. Some people also argue the noise from fireworks scares pets and wildlife like birds, etc.

Accidents: Fireworks start an estimated 32,300 reported fires per year, including 2,700 building and vehicle fires.[1].

For the color effect of fireworks, toxic heavy metals like barium, aluminum, lead, mercury salts, antimony, copper, and strontium can be used in firework compositions. Outdated heavy metals that have been used in the past include rubidium and cadmium. Some toxic elements are supposedly not used in fireworks anymore like lead compounds, chlorates, and mercury as mercurous chloride (calomel), but some firework chemical outlets still sell some of these ingredients, they can still be seen in some pyrotechnic chemical lists, and homemade fireworks makers still sometimes talk about using them.

Many fireworks are imported from China which is scary because they have a proven track record of cutting corners by using cheaper, more toxic materials. Some of the metals also have radioactive isotopes... hopefully they aren't being used in any fireworks. The American Fireworks Standards Laboratory (AFSL) has established a testing and certification program for Chinese and U.S. fireworks to determine if they are being produced according to AFSL Standards (which meet all U.S. federal requirements). There is a list of prohibited toxic chemicals in the standards but unfortunately participation in the program is voluntary for manufacturers and importers. Firework shipments that pass standards only assure that one random sample from the lot has been tested and met all requirements [2]. Will you trust the quality of your air to China??

The Toxic Elements of Fireworks - Pick Your Poison

Aluminum: brilliant whites - Contact dermatitis, bioaccumulation
Antimony sulfide: glitter effects - Toxic smoke, possible carcinogen
Arsenic compounds: used as colorants[3} -Toxic ash can cause lung cancer, skin irritation and wart formation.
Barium Nitrate: glittering greens - Poisonous. Fumes can irritate respiratory tract. Possible radioactive fallout. [4]
Copper compounds: blues
Polychlorinated dioxins and dibenzofurans. [5] Can bioaccumulate. Cancer risk.
Hexachlorobenzene (HCB) [5] Persistent environmental toxin. Is a carcinogen, mutagen and a reproductive hazard [13].
Lead Dioxide / Nitrate / Chloride oxidizer Bioaccumulation, developmental danger for kids & unborn babes, may remain airborne for days, poisonous to plants & animals
Lithium compounds: blazing reds - Toxic and irritating fumes when burned
Mercury (Mercurous chloride) chlorine donor - Toxic heavy metal. Can bioaccumulate.
Nitric oxide: fireworks byproduct [6] - Toxic by inhalation. Is a free radical
Nitrogen dioxide fireworks byproduct [6] - Highly toxic by inhalation. SIDS risk [8].
Ozone: fireworks byproduct [7] -Greenhouse gas that attacks & irritates lungs
Ammonium & Potassium: propellant / oxidizer - Can contaminate ground & surface waters, can cause thyroid problems in humans & animals
Potassium Nitrate: in black powder - Toxic dusts, carcinogenic sulfur-coal compounds
Strontium compounds:blazing reds - Can replace calcium in body. Strontium chloride is slightly toxic.
Sulfur Dioxide: gaseous byproduct of sulfur combustion - Acid rain from sulphuric acid affects water sources, vegetation & causes property damage. SIDS risk [8].

Fireworks Research

Studies show that within 1 hour of fireworks displays levels of Strontium in the air increased 120 times, Magnesium 22 times, Barium 12 times, Potassium 11 times, and Copper 6 times more than the amount present in the air before the event. Strontium was found to be the best tracer in this study because it measured very high during the event and much lower at other time intervals which indicated that it was mostly a result of the fireworks display. [9]

Another study found that firework events brought air pollution spikes in suspended particles, Nitric oxide (NO), Sulfur dioxide (SO2), and created and dispersed an aerosol cloud hosting a range of metallic elements. The researchers found that although the "recreational pollution" from fireworks is transient in nature, the pollutants are highly concentrated and add significantly to the total yearly metal emissions and the particles are on average small enough to be easily inhaled which poses a health risk to sensitive individuals. [10]

Researchers have found that fireworks can create a burst of ozone which is an extremely reactive greenhouse gas molecule that can attack and irritate the lungs. The ozone is believed to be caused by ultraviolet light released by chemicals in fireworks... which in this study were sparklers. [7]

A 3 week study in London recorded two major festivals celebrated with pyrotechnic events and found that they were marked by increased gas phase pollutant levels of Nitric oxide (NOx) and Sulfur dioxide (SO2), elevated PM mass concentrations, as well as trace metal concentrations, specifically Strontium (Sr), Magnesium (Mg), Potassium (K), Barium (Ba), and Lead (Pb). These changes in air quality were then related to the oxidative activity of daily PM samples by assessing their capacity to drive the oxidation of physiologically important lung antioxidants. Because of the elevated PM concentrations caused by firework activity and the increased oxidative activity of this PM source, the researchers believe more work needs to be done in examining if exposure to firework derived PM is related to acute respiratory outcomes. [11]

Another study from 2010 attempts to estimate the probable health impact of exposure to the pollution caused by fireworks. Using risk data from epidemiological studies conducted in USA, they estimated that when exposed to air pollution from fireworksthe relative risk of cardiovascular mortality would increase as high as 125.11% and the relative risk for cardiovascular morbidity was found to increase 175.16% over a regular winter day. The authors conclude that further studies on control measures for firework displays are needed to help reduce the probable health hazards to the general public. [12]"

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