GREENWOOD, Ind. (July 3, 2017) — Tuesday night, artwork will streak across the skies throughout all of Indiana when thousands of fireworks are shot off to celebrate America’s 241st birthday.
Indiana American Water, the state’s largest investor-owned water utility, encourages everyone lighting off fireworks to keep them away from local water sources to help reduce the amount of contaminants entering Indiana’s waterways. Recent studies have shown that many fireworks may contain certain compounds, which can contaminate water supplies and cause threatening health concerns.
In recent years, there have been many developments to create newer, greener pyrotechnics. However, a common compound, perchlorate, is still found in many of today’s fireworks and cause adverse effects. Perchlorate, also found in rocket fuels, explosives and certain nitrogen fertilizers, has been known to create problems with the human thyroid gland according to the United States Geological Survey.
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