Fireworks Linked to Breathing Problems
A new study suggests fireworks leave behind pollutants that are linked to short and long-term health effects.
According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, concentrations of microscopic particles reached their highest levels from 9:00 to 10:00 on the night of July 4th. The levels drop back down by noon the following day.
Scientists say the average concentrations over the holiday are 42 percent higher than other days.
Exposure to those particles can cause coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath. In severe cases it can lead to stroke and early death.
If you have asthma, experts recommend watching fireworks from upwind or as far away as possible and to have your inhaler handy.
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