Laser Light Shows Could Replace Fireworks

Pilot program in California will pay cities to make the switch for holiday celebrations
by | May 21, 2012 AT 7:35 PM

Fireworks are considered by many to be an American tradition during holidays like the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and others. However, the air pollution that can result from filling the sky with smoke and metal can cause a range of health problems, especially for people with sensitivities. The Fresno Bee reports that the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is implementing a pilot that will pay three cities up to $10,000 each if they put on a laser lights show in place of a fireworks display on July 4th this year. The city of Hanford, California will be one of the three cities to receive grant money, with the other two to be determined soon. Following the holiday, officials will examine the impact on local air pollution levels and determine whether to continue, halt or expand the program in subsequent years.