Posted Monday, July 12, 2004 10:02 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Disney has started using compressed air to launch fireworks at its parks in Anaheim as a way to reduce air pollution. The company says it intends to donate the patents for the technology to an unnamed non-profit group.
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Monday, July 12, 2004 11:53 AM
I heard about this on the radio. Cool deal. I wonder when other firms will start using the technology.
The only problem I could see is increased misfires. Sounds exprensive too.
Monday, July 12, 2004 3:58 PM
It sounds like a good system for a fixed site that launches the same fireworks night after night. Probably not as good for the local 4th of July fireworks.
Duds do seem to be more likely with a pyrotechnic being launched that lands unexploded. Anyone know what kind of safeguards they have against this?. Probably not too big a problem since they would at least land on their own controled property. It would be a big problem if the fireworks at the local high school left a few explosives laying around in someone's yard.
Tuesday, July 13, 2004 2:39 AM
The Fresno (CA.) Bee reported that air polloution in the central San Joaquin Valley became much worse days after the 4th of July fireworks shows. The air quality here is just as bad as in Southern California. Residents living near Disneyland cite the park had fireworks on only 60-65 days a year 10 years ago. Now they have fireworks on over 230 days a year. They say with the new launching technology it doesn't make much of a difference. Why do people live near Disneyland knowing the traffic, noise, people and polloution and continue to complain. Anaheim has benefited from having Disney as a neighbor, and yet residents continue to bite the hand that feeds them.