Can fireworks go green?

July 5, 2010 at 3:47 pm Leave a comment

via Greenopia (July 1, 2009):

“Things are getting greener for fireworks.  New fireworks can be considerably less toxic.  Researchers have developed new pyrotechnic formulas that “replace perchlorate with nitrogen-rich materials or nitrocellulose that burn cleaner and produce less smoke.”  Further, reports show that these nitrogen-rich formulas also use fewer color-producing chemicals, “dramatically cutting down on the amount of heavy metals used and lowering their potentially toxic effects.”

“And then there are air-launch fireworks.  Disney introduced these greener fireworks in 2004 for their nightly display over Anaheim [these fireworks are pictured in action in the photo on the left, which was taken during a 2010 fireworks show]. Air launch fireworks use compressed air to lift fireworks, eliminating the need for smoke-producing black powder to launch.  This significantly reduces ground-level smoke and noise while continuing to provide a highly entertaining show.”

July 5′s daily design idea is even traditions need to evolve. From time to time, it’s important to rethink why we celebrate in the way that we do. On a semi-related note, there are a few other things that we need to rethink according to cultural anthropologist Mike Wesch.

Photo by Flickr user WJMcIntosh

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