July 13, 2016

With the flash of colors long-faded from this past weekend’s sky, the 4th of July fireworks spectaculars across the country may have already escaped the minds of many.  But what they have yet to escape is the air, soil, waterways, and living environment surrounding these colorful explosions.  It is here that red, white, and blue translates into a deadly brew of lithium, aluminum, and copper compounds.  All of which can easily bioaccumulate, increase cancer risks, and cause a host of health problems such as contact dermitis, SIDS, and lung irritation.  The chemicals and heavy metals used in fireworks can remain airborne at very high concentrations for days following their combustion.  Dr. Richard Wilkin of the Env...

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