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Red Flares Require Safe Handling

July 5, 2014
By Robert M. Ungerer ( , Post-Journal

Another celebration of the Fourth of July on Chautauqua Lake highlighted by burning emergency highway flares along its shores has endured this beautiful local custom. Last year, my friend who lives year round on the lake and participates in the flare burning custom, expressed concern about the potential contamination of the lake by the ash from burned flares. We decided to investigate the chemistry of the flare and its combustion products.



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