As the bonfire night celebrations die down, it is a good chance to reflect on how it affects the environment. On the 8th of November I went to my local fireworks display and was shocked to figure out just how much damage can be done.
Upon travelling to the display I couldn’t help notice the amount of traffic, people with the engine running when they weren’t even moving. Most people only live a mile or two away and still used the car! There was no parking so people had to park on the side of the road and it just proved that there were far to many people taking the car to the bonfire night celebrations.
I then walked down to the sectioned area where the fireworks were going to be set off. Although they are very colourful and amazing to look at, the chemicals in them can be damaging. There is a large amount of chemicals used in the fireworks that are extremely harmful – and all these rain down onto rivers, lakes and fields. The fumes aren’t that pleasant either. After 25 minutes of almost non-stop bright explosions, the cloud of smoke was huge and the smell was getting worse. It was clear everyone had enjoyed the display and I had too. I have always loved fireworks but never liked how much damage they can cause.
After the display had finished there was also attractions there; a few rides that everyone loved. No one could miss the fact they were there, the bright lights and noise through the loudspeakers . I daren’t think of the amount of electricity was used. However, the litter wasn’t half as bad as I had expected it to be which I was very glad of.
Overall I found the night largely enjoyable and despite the negative implications, I indulged in watching the fireworks and going on a few rides. I would have loved if the fireworks used had less of a negative impact on the environment as greener fireworks are in existence. If you are interested in how this is possible the link below gives some information.