Ocean Blue Blog
By Richard Arterbury
Oregon we have set a new record this season, loading more than 1.3 million gallons of fire retardant used by the Redmond Air Tanker Base.
Smoky Has A huge Disconnect of What Looks Green However is A Huge Kendall Box in Our Forest
I doubt anyone gave a ticket for littering a cigarette butt in Oregon, and correct me if I'm wrong. Fireworks sold in Oregon and Washington should be coming to a end wouldn't you think? How much tax money is paid for the sales of fireworks, and where does this funding end up?
We love to blame others however we all push for the sale of fireworks. Ocean Blue removed loads of fireworks from Oregon beaches and no one shared the article nor did any newspaper pick it up. So yes the fire is huge and not cool however fireworks in general is not cool for pets, beaches, rivers, soil, or the ocean.
Fourth of July Downer however the truth does hurt: Fireworks Cause a spike in air pollution. Fireworks are a beloved World Tradition of the Fourth of July, and New years, but the colorful displays also bring a huge spike in air pollution, water pollution, forest fires, and destroyed beaches.
What Are Fireworks Made out of?
Traditionally, fireworks are made using gunpowder made out of 74 percent potassium nitrate mixed with 15 percent charcoal and 10 percent sulfur. Today the more modern fireworks use charcoal and 10 percent sulfur. The sulfur less powder uses extra potassium nitrate or other harsh chemicals instead of Sulfur.
Photo courtesy of NASA and Darryl Lloyd
Fireworks and Melted Plastic Found of An Oregon Beach
Photos taken by Ocean Blue Project
Our forest are on fire and our beaches are filled with left over fireworks and people just place sand on top of the hot fireworks in hope they are saving the day. When will this stop? If you love what we do please contribute to help beach cleanups and your motivation is huge!
Firework Sales are Booming In the Billions Sold Each Year
In 2015, Americans spent more than $1 billion on fireworks, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association, a 65 percent increase since the turn of the century. That counts both consumer fireworks, which dominate the market, and those used for professional shows.
“Business is booming, and as long as Mother Nature cooperates, we think we’re going to have another record year,” said Julie Heckman, executive director of the association. “Industry revenues continue to climb year after year. A lot of that is related to the relaxation of consumer firework laws (around the country).” Read Full Story:
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