Fireworks Are Endangering Our Air, Soil And Us

Saturday, July 11, 2020

With the fourth of July now behind us, and some are still setting off their left over fireworks. I hate to be the one to rain on your parade, but here goes.Those fireworks that we think are so harmless other than the physical damage they can do if not handled with care are anything but harmless, even though we do not set them off throughout the year usually, that is more than we should be doing it.

Kind of like choosing your battles, some can be left alone, but others cannot be, and this is one that cannot be left alone.The damage that we are doing to the air that we breathe, the waterways, as well as the wildlife, not to mention what it is doing to our health, that you may not hear about. 

We all have at one time enjoyed the display in the variety of colors, as well as the bangs that they release, but that beauty only lasts a few minutes. What they release is toxic chemicals such as carbon dioxide, nitric contaminants, carbon monoxide, sulfur, gun powder, smoke, heavy metals and that is only to name a few of the toxins. There are so much more that are inhaled into our lungs and have lasting effects on our health and that infect us in more ways that we are not aware of.

If you enjoyed your favorite fireworks display over your local lakes and rivers, the debris and chemicals released from the explosion has now poisoned the water, then the fish. Next will be you when you fry them up. Something to think about the next time you go fishing.

We all immediately think of cigarettes when we hear of lung cancer, but according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, out of 21,000 deaths from lung cancer each year in the United States about 2,900 of those deaths were of non smokers. The latest released was in October 2019. Those numbers may seem to be very low compared to the overall number of deaths, but the numbers do not draw the entire picture.

Then we have the variety in all the many colors in our favorite fireworks. Each color has its own set of toxins and chemicals. Red fireworks can be made with strontium and blue with copper - all of which are very harmful to our health. According to Terry Gordon, PhD, a professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine at NYU, he and his team have analyzed 14 years worth of air quality samples at dozens of locations in the U.S. throughout each year and they have found that there were higher levels of toxic metals, lead, titanium, strontium, and copper around Independence Day, and New Year's Eve celebrations.

A new study published on July 1st in the Journal Particle and Fibre Toxicology is believed to be the first to examine the effects of fireworks exposure in human cells and living animals. And then there are the particles thrown from the metals from the fireworks in the atmosphere, according to an article in NewsHub written byShira Polan on July 2, 2020. The findings may shock you.

Another article that I read said it best when put it like this."By celebrating our freedom in a less toxic way, we can avoid sacrificing some of that freedom - namely, our health - to a contaminated environment".

We are all a part of the problem in some way. Not all things though are avoidable, and some just are as easy as 1 2 3.

Trading in the fireworks for a better quality of air and soil sounds about right to me. Not judging you for what you decide, after all I am way harder on myself, and my choices. We cannot help it when we are not informed of a problem, only when we are, and if we can change the choices that we made moving forward.We have many other alternatives to showing our patriotism that will not be so harmful.

One mind and one thought at a time can change the world. Now go do just that.You want peace, then having better air to breath, and a cleaner environment is definitely a place to start.

Did I just rain on your parade, maybe to some, but to others they just will not care.Change is on the way though.

Tonya R. McBryar


911 Has Plenty To Worry About

School Must Go On With Teachers And Staff More At Ease With The Risk

Thanks From Assessor Marty Haynes


When I recently read that a loyal, kind, compassionate and capable 30-year employee at our County 911 Center was “written up“ because of her choice of hair color highlights, I fell out of my ... (click for more)

Re: Teacher COVID Video: Teachers are among our most important professionals. Their influence on students is profound and greatly appreciated. They are essential, vital workers - as are healthcare ... (click for more)

Thank you to the voters and citizens for the opportunity to serve as your Assessor of Property for another four years. It is my honor to have served as Assessor since 2016. As an unopposed candidate, ... (click for more)



Opinion

911 Has Plenty To Worry About

When I recently read that a loyal, kind, compassionate and capable 30-year employee at our County 911 Center was “written up“ because of her choice of hair color highlights, I fell out of my chair. I was going to call 911 for help, but it sounds like they’ve got enough to worry about. Michael Mallen (click for more)

School Must Go On With Teachers And Staff More At Ease With The Risk

Re: Teacher COVID Video: Teachers are among our most important professionals. Their influence on students is profound and greatly appreciated. They are essential, vital workers - as are healthcare professionals, firefighters and police officers, grocery store staff, retailers, wholesalers, waiters and chefs, mechanics, convenience store and gas station personnel, cleaners, maintenance ... (click for more)

Breaking News

UTC Dealing With COVID Outbreak At Fraternity House On Vine Street

The Hamilton County Health Department, in partnership with UTC, is notifying the community of potential COVID-19 exposures at Kappa Sigma Fraternity House, located at 927 Vine St. Potential exposures began last Saturday and continue. Case investigations revealed that UTC students and members of the community who visited or are presently residing at the fraternity house ... (click for more)

Fire Engulfs Home On Roberts Mill Road Saturday Morning

Firefighters battled a fire early Saturday morning on Roberts Mill Road. At 7:30 a.m, a 911 call was made reporting a house fire at 505 Roberts Mill Road. The Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department responded and arrived on the scene reporting a single-story house was fully involved with fire. Dallas Bay VFD requested a Mutual Aid response for additional manpower. The Mowbray ... (click for more)

Sports

SoCon Opts Out Of Fall Sports Competition/Sports Move To Spring

The Southern Conference Council of Presidents announced Thursday that the league will not have fall league competition due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing for non-conference contests at each institutions' discretion. It is the intention of the SoCon to move the fall sports' regular-season competition and championships to the spring. ... (click for more)

Randy Smith: The Time I Almost Met Harry Caray

As I have written about many times before, I have met and interviewed a lot of famous people. Players, coaches, announcers and other sports celebrities have a memorable place in my career. For instance, a few days ago I wrote about the time I met Mickey Mantle. Today I'm reminded of the time when I almost met one of my true announcing heroes - the great Harry Caray. It ... (click for more)