Lasershows as an alternative to Fireworks

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Lasershows as an alternative to Fireworks

Fireworks propel a cocktail of chemicals into the atmosphere, many of which can harm both people and the environment. The vivid colours in firework displays come from metallic compounds such as barium or aluminium that can have negative impacts on animal and human health. 

Additionally, to produce the oxygen needed for an explosion, many fireworks contain oxidisers known as perchlorates. 

These can dissolve in water, contaminating rivers, lakes and drinking water. Finally, fireworks release a fine cloud of smoke and particulate matter, affecting local air quality. Some newer fireworks replace with safer alternatives, or use compressed air to reduce smoke created. 

Laser light shows set to programmed music. 

The computerized animations, which are directed into the sky or at oversized mesh screens, use highly focused lasers that are far less likely to spark a fire in the dry tinderbox-like terrain.