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Fireworks Stink!

They're bright and flashy and fun to watch. But there are many ugly sides to the public fireworks displays. If you had a handful of lead, mercury, chromium and arsenic, you wouldn't set fire to it and snort it up your nose. But that's what happens every year at public fireworks displays. Levels of toxic metals in air particles were found to be 50 times higher after a public display in a study in Washington state. How much of the mysterious fish mutation observed in the Willamette River is due to treating our riverfront like a toxic waste dump set ablaze??! Fireworks endanger human health, especially for fragile individuals, frighten and poison vulnerable animals, and waste precious city resources. Portland's big fireworks display tarnishes our progressive reputation. How can we extinguish this toxic fire?

previous July 4th fireworks feature: [ Patriotic incendiary devices: Toxic for health, manufactured in sweatshops ]