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End of party poppers (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

CPCB banned party poppers
In a dampener for celebrants, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has banned party poppers — a popular decorative used at parties and celebrations, including at IPL matches — on the grounds that the devices posed a health risk.

What are party poppers?
Such poppers are commonly available at neighbourhood stores and work akin to the popping of a champagne bottle. It is a sealed cardboard case, as big as a rolled-up newspaper, and stuffed with shredded paper and glitter. Pulling an attached string sets off a mild, chemical explosive, which ‘pops’ open the case and releases a confetti of coloured paper and glitter.

Why are party poppers harmful to health?
However, these plastic bits and the associated chemicals, the CPCB says, are harmful to health. It is observed that the plastic glittering material and the other charge chemicals, which are generally low-intensity explosive, often composed of red-phosphorous, potassium chlorate and potassium perchlorate, are harmful to human health and environment. They get mixed with food items and may cause severe eye trauma or facial injuries.

(Adapted from The Hindu)



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