UCI study shows dangers of fireworks in Southland

UC Irvine scientists have published a study showing that Fourth of July fireworks spark plumes of pollutants that can pose significant health risks, so they are encouraging a reimagining of the typical Independence Day celebrations that are more environmentally friendly. The lead author of the study, Amirhosein Mousavi, a postdoctoral scholar in UCI’s Program in Public Health, told City News Service the pollutants were worse last year because the COVID-19 quarantine restrictions spurred more individual backyard fireworks displays.