Chemicals from fireworks harm the planet
Since 1956, Disneyland has had fireworks creating pollution affecting the environment and human beings health. Disneyland has always seemed to be the perfect place on earth where no harm is being done or the other way, it doesn’t cause any harm. This has changed; Disneyland is not welcomed by its neighbors any longer. The loud noise torments some of the neighbors, forcing them to put thick windows to block the noise or move away from the city. After many complaints to the city of Anaheim, there seems no way out. The beautiful lights produced by fireworks are a menace for the residents of Anaheim which some fear for their lives. There are dozens of articles about firework pollution but it seems as though Disney is passing all assessments—not breaking the law. In Hong Kong, a similar situation has occurred where the environmental committee is analyzing how Disneyland is causing an effect on the residents there.
No more fireworks?
On March 19, 1985, Los Angeles Times wrote an article of whether or not the council should ban fireworks not at Disneyland but in the city of Anaheim. One of the council women said regarding Disneyland’s fireworks, “That’s entirely separate. It’s done by professionals. Nobody has complained about that. Professional displays are fine, everybody likes them and you don’t have the accident factor.” As this turns out, this is not true, Disneyland has had several accidents with its fireworks display and a recent one occurred not long ago. On December 22, 2011 an employee was organizing all the fireworks for the show that was to follow that night however; one of the fireworks exploded which caused for the man ending up at the hospital because he claimed his ears were hurting. Disneyland canceled the firework display for several days after the incident and started the running display once again on December 30th.Reading articles like that only makes me think of all the things Disney hides from the public. Even if fireworks are done by professionals, fireworks still can cause serious side effects on humans. We all know how we can get burned by lighting up fireworks at home, but these fireworks being done are not firecrackers, these are aerial fireworks meaning the noise it creates is similar to a bomb going off. This can cause serious side effects including losing the ability to hear on one side of the ear. The residents of Anaheim are not happy about their neighbor and it does not help when their neighbor is a multi billionaire with very expensive lawyers. In Los Angeles Times (2010), “Last year, one resident sued Anaheim in federal court, saying that by holding hundreds of fireworks displays at the park each year, the city was violating federal water pollution laws. The suit was dismissed, but residents remained concerned about environmental issues.”I just don’t understand if Disneyland is violating so many health codes, how come something is not being done about it? Are they paying off the city officials who regulate such environmental issues or are the neighbors complaining because they are tired being next to a place that attracts millions of people every year? The residents are tired of the noise however there is nothing that Disneyland could do about it because they will never stop showing the firework display. After all, that is one of their biggest reasons to why some people come to the theme park. Although it cost about $30,000 for each display, Disneyland is not being friendly to its neighbors. Fireworks can really harm the environment and according to www.backcountryattitude.com,
“The smoke from fireworks consists mainly of fine toxic dusts (particulate matter) that can easily enter the lungs. This represents a real threat for people with asthma or multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). Smoke from fireworks combustion may contain a mixture of sulfur-coal compounds, traces of heavy metals, and other toxic chemicals or gases. The combustion cloud can contain harmful fumes such as ozone, sulfur dioxide and nitric oxide.”
Sea creatures are being harmed by fireworks
All these chemicals also land in our water from rivers to oceans, Anaheim for example is very close to the ocean and the firework fallout could harm the sea life. I don’t blame the residents of Anaheim for being upset regarding all the possible health and environmental concerns that fireworks can cause however; I want Disneyland to find and use new technology for fireworks where they are not causing harm to its residents and to the environment. If people are complaining about the noise where they cannot sleep because it is extremely loud and their beloved pets are terrified to death, then why can’t Disneyland put sound walls around the park to eliminate as much noise as possible?Now Disney started to use new pyrotechnics’ which mean when they do a firework display, they do not use gun powder and according to about.com on environment issues they said, “Not usually known for championing environmental causes, the Walt Disney Company has pioneered new technology using environmentally benign compressed air instead of gunpowder to launch fireworks. Disney puts on hundreds of dazzling fireworks displays every year at its various resort properties in the U.S. and Europe, but hopes its new technology will have beneficial impact on the pyrotechnics industry worldwide. The company has made the details of new patents it has filed for the technology available to the pyrotechnics industry at large with the hope that other companies will also green up their offerings.”
Disneyland without pollution
Although the battle will continue to grow about the noise being made by this big corporate giant, Disneyland to me is still my favorite place in the whole wide world. I love the firework display and I am glad I was able to learn more about the dark side of the park however, I still support the residents of Anaheim for their cause to stop the loud noise. I think everyone needs to come together and get off their high horses to settle this matter, Disneyland needs to protect its residents, therefore; Disneyland should install either walls to block the noise or install areas where the energy can go to around the park in order for the sound to find an escape route instead on the neighbors.
(This blog was edited May 4, 2012)