Publications in Scientific Journals:

G. Steinhauser, J.H. Sterba, M. Foster, F. Grass, M. Bichler:
"Heavy metals from pyrotechnics in New Years Eve snow";
Atmospheric Environment, 42 (2008), 8616 - 8622.

English abstract:
Pyrotechnics and fireworks cause pollution with barium aerosols, which is a result of the utilization of barium nitrate as a combined pyrotechnic oxidizer and coloring agent. In this study, the washing-out of barium-rich aerosols by snowflakes during the New Years Eve celebrations in an Austrian willage in the Alps has been investigated. It could be shown that the fireworks caused an increase in the barium concentration in snow of up to a factor of 580 compared to the blank value. An increase of the concentrations of strontium and occasionally arsenic in snow was also observed. The geographic distribution of the pyrotechnic combustion products on this snowy evening was restricted to a relatively small area and even in a verly local scale, the variations in the concentrations were remarkable. Post-firework snow from the summits of nearby located mountains was found to be as clean as pre-firewokr snow. However, snow that was visibly contaminated with smoke residues contained exorbitant concentrations of Ba, K, Sr, and Fe.

Snow wash-out; Precipitation; Wet deposition; Scavenging; Barium; Strontium; INAA

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