Pollution by fireworks, informations or intoxication?

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Our company will take part in a major event of the Pyromusical Fireworks Masters de Feu in France.

The organizer of the Masters de Feu festival informs on its website about false, misleading and harmful information about fireworks,  regarding to CO2.

The answer of a French fireworks expert who refutes the toxic information of journalists is presented here:

Pollution by fireworks, informations or intoxication?

In recent years, anti-fireworks articles have flourished on the web. Some journalists do not hesitate to report exaggerated figures or even use secret facts to make their sensational articles generate visiting to their sites. It’s a good way to use certain terms that Internet users search for during New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Eve, even if the journalist has nothing specific to announce.

In the article “Are fireworks polluting? »Published by journalists on 31 December 2019 on the Futura Planète website, it compares data for fireworks in Paris with the consumption of a car … a car !

In an open letter and with the help of his own demonstration, Edouard GREGOIRE shows that we must be careful about this type of intoxication.


“Tired of reading addictive articles on fireworks, I decided to answer one of these critics in an open letter that only binds me.”

Dear journalist Futura Planète,

Pyrotechnics has once again become a victim of an envious article, with your pen. I understand that in ourselves, we, the fireworks professionals, are aware that our activity is not the most ecological (but we are working on it), but what bothers me is the way you present the numbers in favor of your article.

At the beginning, and as you know, the fireworks work thanks to the fire triangle, there is combustion and therefore CO2 is released, as with your wood stoves throughout the country … So far, nothing abnormal …

As an expert in this industry and like many of my other colleagues, I know that your figures for fireworks in Paris are 10 times higher than real figures. So yes, the Parisian fireworks are not 30 tons of powder, but 3 tons, so you’re starting badly … I don’t know where you found this information, but definitely not for the city of Paris or the company responsible for the show … But let’s move on!

You write in your article, I quote: “Fireworks, as it was on July 14, with 30 tons of powder, thus emits 14.7 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, which is the equivalent of 67,000 km of gasoline travel.



Let’s divide your data by 10 first, because your first digit is false, then we will find:

3 tons of powder, 1.47 tons of CO2 and a road of 6700 km.

If we renew the calculation, we take the daily average number of kilometers traveled by car in 2018 per person, t. j. 35.9 km / day, source:


and we multiply this average by the number of cars traveling on French roads each day, ie approximately 15,320,766 cars, source:


We get the following result:

550,015,523 km (result 1 – 35.9 x 15,320,766) covered every day in France,

22,917,313 km every hour (result 1/24),

381,955 km every minute (final hour / 60),

6,395 km every second (result minutes / 60) …

Wait … 6 395 km, we will almost reach your value of 6 700 km (67 000/10) …

So every second of vehicle traffic produces as much CO2 as we shoot the whole fireworks in Paris … And I’m not talking about the duration, because 3 tons of Parisian powder are not consumed in one second, but in 30 minutes …

Here is another funny fact, dear journalist, did you know that by writing your dependent article and I, by answering you, we emitted CO2?

In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, internet use accounts for 3.7% of global emissions, which is the equivalent of all aviation in the world. … Specifically, this represents, for the Internet alone, 400 g of CO2 emitted per capita on average each year. source:


 What’s ridiculous about all this is that your article is being taken over by your colleagues as Pollution, the hidden face of fireworks.


thereby promoting the bad image of fireworks …

As for elements like “Propellant”, I will let you study the production of fireworks and we will talk about it again …

Have a nice day, dear journalist!



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