Fireworks, ozone lead to worsening summer air problem in Utah
And increasing ozone levels from hot summers are becoming as much of a health threat as the soup of particulates trapped in Utah’s winter inversion.
Up and down the Wasatch Front, air monitoring machines noted the same thing at the same time: a spike in particulate pollution between 10 p.m. and Midnight on July 4.
It’s not hard to understand why, especially if you live in an area where neighbors on all sides set off fireworks that night.
“We’re seeing higher and higher levels of particulate pollution across the valley, especially surrounding the 4th of July,” said Ashley Soltysiak, Policy Director for the environmental advocacy group HEAL Utah.
The levels ranged from orange, meaning unhealthy for sensitive groups, to dark red, meaning hazardous to anyone who has lungs that still take in air.
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