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Old 07-10-2024, 05:01 PM   #1
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Default The Impact of Fireworks

Last week, LWA staff were out on the lake in search of firework debris from 4th of July celebrations. Fireworks can have a significant negative impact on our environment. Perchlorate, which naturally occurs in small amounts and is used to propel fireworks, can threaten human health at sufficient doses. 🎆

In addition to chemical pollutants, fireworks leave behind microplastics and plastic debris. These plastic shards can be mistaken for food by fish and wildlife, leading to ingestion and harm. Microplastics can accumulate in the food chain, posing long-term health risks to both animals and humans. Check out the photos below to see a sample of what was collected from Center Harbor Bay.

Learn more about the impacts of fireworks on our lakes by reading Saturday’s article in the Laconia Daily Sun.

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Maybe the people who put on the drone show at Sunapee could come to Winnipesaukee next year. One of the golden buzzer acts on AGT was a drone show. Amazing what can be done. And no pollution.
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I hate everything about fireworks.
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Canada geese have a distinct dislike for fireworks unless it's accompanied by the Canada National Anthem, "O Canada!"
... down and out, liv'n that Walmart side of the lake!
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They don't do a great job educating people who buy them. It seems like the industry (and a segment of the population, eh?) is just "YAHOO Y'ALL FIREWORKS" when there is so much more to it.

-Set up an area to shoot them that won't result in things going into the water.
-Much of the packaging can be removed first, especially the plastics that end up in the food chain as in the article.
-Have annual, organized, scheduled events, so people who do not want them can choose to attend or not, and can secure their pet if needed. Don't just blow $H!T up at 1 a.m. (or ever) with your drunken buddies.
-When used properly there should be no long-term impact to the water or anywhere else.

I do all of the above. And as usual, those who don't care about anything outside their own desires help make it harder for those who do.

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After the Old Home Day fireworks in Belmont, Scout Troop 65 walks Bryant Field the next morning to pick up all the remnants. That can't be done when they are set off over water. Maybe fireworks should only be set off over land.
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