The 4th of July is an iconic American holiday! Independence Day commemorates the ratification of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress on July 4th, 1776.
The 4th of July is an iconic American holiday! Independence Day commemorates the ratification of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress on July 4th, 1776. Although the holiday has been celebrated since 1776, it wasn’t declared a federal holiday until 1941. The 4th of July is marked by several patriotic displays and many people celebrate with barbecues, picnics, parades, fireworks, and all things red, white, and blue.
Some interesting facts you may not know about the 4th of July:
Fireworks are a big part of this all-American celebration. In the 1930s, people began experimenting with human fireworks – quite literally strapping explosives to individuals and igniting them to explode into colors and sound as spectators enjoyed. To keep the human being part of the firework from catching ablaze, individuals were sewn into suits made out of asbestos fibers – designed to keep the person wearing it cool and flame-free. While asbestos suits kept the individuals from catching fire due to the heat-resistant properties they possessed, it also could have led to further health problems down the line. Individuals exposed to asbestos may not have symptoms of asbestos-related diseases for several decades.
Aside from human fireworks, some firework packaging contained asbestos materials to prevent harmful explosions during the processing of the final products. The inclusion of asbestos in the fireworks industry exposed countless Fireworks workers throughout the 1930s-1980s. While fireworks may seem like an uncommon item to contain asbestos, it’s a good reminder that asbestos was hiding in a multitude of products throughout most of the 20th century. If you believe that you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos, contact Serling & Abramson, P.C. today or fill out our free case evaluation.