What does Pittsburgh’s love of fireworks mean for air quality?

Fireworks are a source of a pollutant called fine particulate matter, which can have short- and long-term health effects.

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Sarah Anne Hughes

Pittsburgh will ring in the new year with not one but two fireworks displays.

That gusto for colorful explosions isn’t surprising.

As The Incline previously documented, Pittsburghers requested fireworks permits over the past year for events including a wedding, several post-baseball game celebrations and a Tuesday morning corporate split. You can check out the locations of those displays on this map, and read more here about the 42 permits for fireworks (red on map) and pyrotechnic displays (yellow) sought between Dec. 1, 2015 and Nov. 28, 2016.