Less toxic green fireworks are on the way

Call it a flash of inspiration. A team of pyrotechnics experts has discovered that a compound long dismissed as inert could replace the toxic metal currently used in green-coloured fireworks. Scientists found that boron carbide matches the green-light-emitting performance of the barium-based compounds used in today’s fireworks.

Replacing the barium with boron would cut the amount of toxic material released by fireworks. This is particularly important in places where displays take place every day, such as at theme parks, where the compounds can accumulate. However, it is army personnel who look set to benefit the most from the discovery. Pyrotechnics are used heavily by the military, in signal flares on the battlefield as well as on the training ground to simulate the explosions and gunfire of combat. Read more here.

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