LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The use of legal and illegal fireworks around Southern California on the Fourth of July brought the worst air quality the region has seen in a decade, the South Coast Air Quality Management District reported Wednesday.
According to AQMD, concentrations of particulate matter were 70% higher than previous years between the hours of 7 p.m. July 4 and 7 a.m. the following day in the South Coast Air Basin — which includes Orange County and parts of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.READ MORE: Indicted Trump Ally Thomas Barrack Granted $250 Million Bond, Ordered To Wear GPS Monitoring Bracelet
In L.A. and Orange counties, AQMD said air quality reached “very unhealthy” and “hazardous” levels, with dry air during the weekend helping to trap pollution.READ MORE: Body Found In Lake At Mile Square Park In Fountain Valley
“Breathing fine particulate matter can lead to a wide variety of cardiovascular and respiratory health effects such as heart attacks, asthma aggravation, decreased lung function, coughing or difficulty breathing and may lead to premature death in people with heart of lung disease,” AQMD said in an advisory issued ahead of the holiday weekend.
The highest concentrations of particulate matter were detected in Central Los Angeles, North Hollywood and Anaheim. Officials said some instruments had so much residue on them that they would not accurately collect data.MORE NEWS: Tickets On Sale For Return Of Halloween Horror Nights At Universal Studios Hollywood
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