Side Effects of Firecrackers

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Diwali is traditionally celebrated with earthen diyas and distribution of sweets to friends and family. However, these days it also involves bursting of firecrackers which, unfortunately, lead to suffocating smoke, ear-tearing noises, never-ending garbage and everlasting pollution.

Large firework displays cause more significant amounts of pollution for a longer period of time. Some of the exposures include unburned hydrocarbons, metals, acid chlorides, nitrogen-oxides and acids, sulfur-oxides, particulate, and carbon monoxide.

The inhalation of smoke from fireworks causes cough, fever, and dyspnea and lead to some cases of acute eosinophilic pneumonia.

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For noise-sensitive groups, this nuisance can be substantial, since it causes anxiety and corresponding stress reactions. These visuals taken from Mumbai and Delhi tell everything.

It is nothing but grabage collected after heavy fireworks in these two cities. The nuisance of firework noise and firecrackers should not be ignored.