Fallout over Disneyland

| May 8, 2002

Fallout over Disneyland, Amy Davis and Gar Smith, Earth Island Journal
Disneyland has been shooting vast amounts of fireworks into the sky since shortly after the park opened in 1955. But the frequency and length of the displays have steadily increased over the years, and nearby residents are beginning to sound alarms, describing their neighborhood during fireworks displays as similar to a war zone. Writing in Earth Island Journal, Amy Davis and Gar Smith raise environmental concerns, as well. 'In mild weather, the heavy metals traveled 100 km downwind over a two-day period,' they report, polluting the air and local watersheds. Park officials claim that the fireworks are harmless to Anaheim residents, and government officials have been reluctant to do any environment study involving a tourist attraction that funnels millions of tax dollars a year into the city's coffers.
--Maria Opitz
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