A Loud 4th Of July

By: Shelley Hansel
By: Shelley Hansel

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Firecrackers and the 4th of July go hand in hand, but those little explosives are not always so easy on the ears. Firecrackers are illegal in Wichita's city limits, but they are being sold in other communities. We found out there's a new firecracker on the market that's supposed to be louder than ever before, but folks may not be getting more bang for their buck.

Yes, it's that time of year again. As we let freedom ring, a new firecracker may have your ears ringing too. This year the firecrackers you hear popping may not just seem louder, they actually are. The fireworks stand on North Broadway in Park City is selling TNT's new Titanium firecrackers which are supposed to be louder than the rest. We decided to put the Titanium to the test. We put the standard Black Cat firecracker, a brand known as Red Devil which claims to be super loud with a maximum blast, up against the Titanium. The Titanium did register the loudest on our decibel reader at 110. The Black Cat came in at 109 and the Red Devil was 105.

Dr. John Lasak says during that study where they actually measured the noise level of fireworks, they were only 3 millimeters away from the actual blast. He says anything above 140 decibels can cause permanent hearing loss or could blow a hold in your eardrum. Dr. Lasak says he as already seen injuries from fireworks this year. Usually when you light fireworks, run away fast. You should never hold them and throw them, or thrown them at someone. Dr. Lasak suggests the best way to avoid problems is watch them from afar.

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