Fireworks at Atascadero Lake July 4, 1982.
A recent letter to the editor in The Tribune complained about the upcoming Independence Day laser show in Morro Bay. According to the letter writer the only proper way to celebrate the birth of a free democracy is to blow stuff up.
Personally I thought that freedom and independence of thought were the point of the day but this letter writer took a dim view of change.
Studies show that fireworks are a source of perchlorate contamination in lakes. The chemical can accumulate in soil and water and has been linked to thyroid damage. Other fireworks recipes are less environmentally risky but they cost more.
When there is an oil spill and injured birds floundering on the beach there is an outcry for environmental reform. It is harder to get people to take on invisible unpronounceable chemicals when they end up in the drinking water.
One of the places that no longer holds a fireworks show is Atascadero Lake. I seem to recall the organizers found the cost and fire risk too high.
Here’s wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable 4th.
Ken Chen made the photo.