Every year around this time we see a precipitous increase in fine particle pollution, especially overnight when thousands of various fireworks permeate the sky, leaving a trail of acrid smoke that it is sometimes hard to breathe. This year is no different and often lasts until well past midnight in many neighborhoods.
Sometimes on July 4th, many Hoosier cities are inundated with so much particle pollution that national health-based standards are surpassed many times over. This is from a combination of municipal displays, which have been extinguished this year due to Covid-19, and private displays sold by any of hundreds of regional merchants.
Like others, I enjoy seeing the colorful bursts and the meaning they are supposed to convey of patriotism and pride in America.
But I ask those who have spent a small fortune on private firings to first acknowledge and then be responsible not only for firework safety but also for those who already have trouble breathing without the smoke that comes with the beauty of the blast.
This is especially so this year when the entire country is being asked to wear masks to protect others from a respiratory illness that is too often deadly for many. For more information check out: https://www.iqair.com/us/blog/air-quality/are-fireworks-bad-for-air-quality?fbclid=IwAR06THESbxToUf_MVPX-X61PfDuc0sCveqXDNsu7sZ-JwGLwZx6igw0Wel4
John Blair, Evansville