By Polash Mukerjee:
Note: This article was originally published on Down To Earth.
Editor’s note: Every Diwali, you hear the noise of crackers bursting, but are you able to smell your insides burning? Because they are. Environmentalists and concerned citizens have been shouting themselves hoarse trying to explain that firecrackers are bad, not just for the environment, but for you as an individual. Their voice of reasoning may not have sunk in, but the poison released by crackers probably has.
If you need any more reasons to convince you not to burst crackers this Diwali, take a look at the number of toxic elements you will be exposing yourself to with every phuljhadi, anaar, or chakri, and what exactly it is doing to your body.