Fireworks and Northern Utah air quality — a reader conversation

Saturday , July 08, 2017 - 5:00 AM

GREG HALLING, Standard-Examiner Staff

Fireworks pushed Weber County air pollution through the roof Thursday.

Particulates hit 790 micrograms per cubic meter, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality reported — a dangerously high level.

  • RELATED: “Fourth of July fireworks cause Weber County air pollution to spike”

In contrast, PM 2.5 particulates only reached 77 micrograms in Davis County and 29 micrograms in Salt Lake County.

PM 2.5 is especially hazardous to people suffering from heart disease, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, children and older adults, according to the Utah Department of Health.

Here’s how readers reacted to the story when we shared it on Facebook. All quotes are verbatim:

David Sevenikar: And it will blow out as it does every year when yall stop driving gas cars ill consider your complaint

Your addiction to fossil fuel is the real problem.

Kelby Gale: But hybrids and electric cars are for rock lickers.

James McIntyre: Oh NOW they're concerned about it? Well enough to possibly ban fire works and add more anti fun laws other than that in the winter, industries like in Woods Cross get a tax break and our dirty air is not a "public health crisis" porn is!

Alice East-Gallardo: But fire pits are okay? Get over it. We can ban burning wood, setting off fireworks; driving diesal trucks and gas fueled cars. And you'll still die. Living causes death. So live while you're alive.

RaLayne Marriott: Perhaps the fires to the north and the south were and are greater contributors.

Katie Evans: Cathy Evans bet that's part of why my asthma flared up during class today.

Shayne Blakeley: Waaaaaaaaaaaaaa when most of the houses burnt coal no one bitched guess what we all are going to die grow up and sick it up.

Ann Marie Trujillo: Really? It was like being in a freaking war zone! And NO they do not stop at 11 pm!

Eladio Pauel Flores: They're still not as concerned about the unhealthy air as they are the so called porn crisis.

Eric Temple: Look at the particulate numbers they cited. They're not fake. And it's bad for people to breathe it.

Dianne Hales: No open burning, but fireworks still A-OK?

Makes perrrrfect sense.

Leasa Ray: Na, it was really bad before the fireworks.

Shannon Hendry Hamblin: No... it really wasn't! Lol!

Kaysie Whitaker: Uh yuck. Im going to work tomorrow with an air mask.

Nick Kirkman: But they are worried about diesels.

Russell Wagstaff: Shocker.

Lawrence Allen Caulford: And it'll clear out in a few days.

Chris Alan: Oh, for the sake of freedom…

Nicole Thompson Hargrave: It's not like the firework ban was enforced.

Roger Wahlstrom: Glad I don't live in Ogden anymore.

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