And you thought the only health hazard from fireworks was that whole explosion thing. Outliers notes that health authorities say the night sky over Lincoln, Neb., on the Fourth of July was filled with more than just loud bangs and pretty colors. It was heavy with fireworks pollution.
Lincoln’s air pollution was 10 times above the standard air index late July 4 and early the next morning, according to the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. Rick Thorson, environmental health supervisor for air quality at the health department, says the short stay for the bad air wouldn’t have affected most people, but it could have irritated asthmatic conditions for some.