Annual reports from the California Air Resources Board (part of the California EPA) list the main pollutants produced by the burning of tires. They are available at the link below.
Tires “contain 17 types of heavy metals,” such as benzene, mercury, bromium, and lead. When tires catch fire, they release these heavy metals as ultra fine particulate matter that can make it’s way into our lungs and bloodstream, which puts those exposed at great risk for cancer. Dioxins, which are environmental pollutants, are also released during tire fires, and can accumulate in human and animal bodies causing health problems.
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