Yes, fireworks release carcinogenic and hormone-disrupting substances that show up in the air we breathe and can also seep into soil and water. They also contain other heavy metals and toxins that are responsible for the colors of the fireworks.
“Fireworks can unleash a shower of toxins into soil and water, and scientists are only beginning to figure out what that means for human health,” writes Russell McLendon on Mother Nature Network, an environmental website.
There have been no eco-friendly alternatives to fireworks as of yet unless you considered things like laser light shows similar to ones seen at Disneyworld and Disneyland.
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