harmful effects of fireworks

The Hidden Harms of Fireworks on Wildlife and People

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Your Dog Isn’t The Only One Sacred Of Fireworks


You’ll want to change the way we celebrate special occasions when you learn the harmful effects of fireworks on the environment. 

Small mammals, squirrels,
 and birds can all experience panic, confusion, fear, and anxiety from these explosions.

Fireworks can cause nesting birds to abandon their nests.  These flightless chicks can be permanently separated from their parents.  This confusion and separation can result in a loss of life for fledglings.

These are important considerations to make during the upcoming summer season.

Celebrate special occasions in ways that do not cause harm to the environment.

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What Goes Up Must Come Down

Think about it, fireworks are often launched on or near the water. 

The debris from these spectacles contaminates the environment causing harm to local wildlife.

 Perchlorates are oxidizers that work with fuel to help launch fireworks into the sky. They are potent thyroid disruptors that contaminate the groundwater surrounding firework launch sites. 

The harmful effects of fireworks extend beyond the fleeting moment of celebratory chaos. They contribute to air pollution.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that fine particulate matters reach their highest level on the night of July 4th, which is American Independence Day.

On July 4, particulate pollution is 42% greater than on the days before and after the national holiday.

harmful effects of fireworks on animals

Fire Poses A Real Danger

The danger is in the name. 

Fire poses a real threat to human health along with the built and natural environment. 

According to the National Fire Protection Association,  fireworks caused 15,600 fires in the United States in a single year. 

In 2017, firework mishaps caused 12,900 firework-related injuries in the United States. 

Eco-friendly Alternatives to Fireworks:


Visit our blog 6 Eco-Friendly Date Ideas Greenlit By the Planet for more activity ideas. 

Take action to help reduce the harmful effects of fireworks!

You can help advocate for a change in firework allowances in your local community.

Write a letter to your elected officials or a letter to your local paper. You can reference some of these fireworks facts to make your case.

Check to see if there are ongoing or prior petitions that advocate for a change in the legislation. Here is a recent petition in Canada

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