Monday, November 4, 2013
Sky of Ranchi city in India was covered with toxic fumes due to burning of firecrackers.
Air pollution likely to increase by 30 to 35%.
Dr. Nitish Priyadarshi
Toxic fumes due to burning of firecrackers.
Such firecrackers generate more smokes.
Diwali was celebrated in Ranchi city of Jharkhand State in India with fun on Sunday. Firecrackers were used to celebrate this festival. Ranchi sky was covered with smokes due to burning of fire crackers. These smokes may contain toxic and heavy metals which can affect human health. Firecrackers contain elements like copper, cadmium, sulphur, aluminium, barium and various other such elements that help in releasing vibrant colours after it is ignited, causing a host of health problems. Once a cracker is burnt, it releases toxic chemicals that remain suspended for a long time causing serious health aliments.
As diwali is festival of lights, people consider it as festival of Firecrackers. Firecrackers come in different varieties from the delightfully visual ones to the ear deafening noisy ones.
Our tradition use firecrackers in diwali cause of reasons, possible reason and a more scientific one for lighting firecrackers is that the fumes produced by them kill insects and mosquitoes found after the rains. But now people use firecrackers in an amount that it harming the mankind, environment, increasing the pollution.
During Diwali, the air pollution in Ranchi level is likely to increase by 30 to 35 %, which will not only be dangerous for those suffering from pulmonary diseases, but also cause breathing problem to others.
Harmful effects of firecrackers
1) Health hazards: Burns, deafness, Nausea and mental impairment. Many people die in explosions in factories manufacturing fire-crackers.
Firecrackers can cause hearing loss, high blood pressure, sleeping disturbances and sudden exposure to loud noise can cause temporary or permanent deafness or even result in heart attack.
2) Sometimes, rocket-crackers set fire to huts, heap of dry grass etc. this happen mostly to country side
3) Noise pollution: firecrackers make noise more than the allowed decibel limit for human being.
4) Smog caused by firecrackers may be harmful to inhale.
5) It increases the Pollution in environment
The firework reaction products that are emitted are deposited and thus enter the soil, crops and, in the case of fireworks over water, standing waters.