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After the Rockets' Red Glare ... Months of Cleanup

July 2, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas - After the colorful Fourth of July fireworks have faded from the night sky, they're not really gone - not if you count the leftover plastic that litters beaches, lawns and fields across the state. One environmental group is asking consumers to think about that this year, as they select fireworks.

Ellen Anderson, with Environmentally Friendly Fireworks, says her volunteer clean-up crew focuses its efforts on beaches, picking up pounds of plastic from pyrotechnics months after Independence Day.

"We get however many we can grab on the morning after, but the tide takes out a lot of these plastics. So, every month, it's bringing in more of these pieces of plastic that float out on the water."

Anderson, who also works at a bird sanctuary, says experts are discovering and treating increasing numbers of seabirds ailing after eating the plastic remains. When purchasing fireworks, she suggests that buyers avoid the aerial or missile styles, and also novelty products made to look like tanks, planes and boats, because those tend to contain the most plastic parts.

Anderson says there are ways to minimize the environmental impact of fireworks, but you have to be a smart shopper. Look closely at what's inside the cellophane wrapping, and read the label.

"If it says 'battery' on the labeling, you are pretty much guaranteed that however many shots there are in that battery - 25 or 100 - you're going to have that many pieces of plastic."

She also suggests that consumers mention to fireworks vendors that they would like to see products without plastic. She says one major manufacturer has told her it is developing some - although it may be several years before they're on the market.

More information is available at www.plasticsinfireworks.org. Texas fireworks regulations are online at http://www.americanpyro.com.

Peter Malof, Public News Service - TX