Each year, millions of pounds of fireworks illuminate the skies across the United States, captivating audiences with their dazzling displays. What many people may not realize is that perchlorate, a significant ingredient in fireworks, may pose potential health risks to humans and animals. Kim Van Meter, assistant professor of geography at Penn State, is part of a team that aims to shed light on a potentially hazardous consequence of these mesmerizing displays.

Researchers to investigate effect of perchlorate in fireworks on drinking water | Penn State University (psu.edu)