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No barium to be used in next year's Rhythm & Booms


MADISON (WKOW) --- There will be no green colored fireworks at Rhythm & Booms next year.

They are eliminating barium which is needed to make green fireworks.

Madison Festivals says outside of barium, the elements used for colors are not toxic or harmful.

A 2005 study on the impacts of fireworks on the Warner Park lagoon by Public Health-Madison & Dane County and the 2012 study from City Engineering Division did not detect a rise of trace metals used as coloring agents.

Madison Festivals President, Rita Kelliher says, "Even if barium was not found in the samples, it is not something we want to put into area lakes."

Madison Festivals worked with the city to find a safe place for people and the environment to hold next year's show.

Next year will be the first time the event is not at Warner Park.

The event on Saturday, June 28, 2014 will run along John Nolen Drive.

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