Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) - The New Year's Eve fireworks in the southwest not only provided a colorful spectacle in the sky - but also thick air. Particulate matter pollution rose significantly around midnight in many places in the state, according to data from the Baden-Württemberg State Institute for the Environment (LUBW) on Sunday.
At Stuttgart Central Station (measuring station Arnulf-Klett-Platz), the average fine dust value over the past 24 hours in the morning was 37 micrograms per cubic meter - Constance (35) and Tübingen (28.6) also showed significantly increased fine dust pollution compared to the previous days . In Stuttgart and Constance, the air pollution with fine dust on New Year's Eve was also temporarily above the value of 100, in Tübingen only slightly below.
Particulate matter is considered a health hazard and bad for the environment. According to the Federal Environment Agency in Germany, around 2050 tons of fine dust are released every year when fireworks are set off - most of them on New Year's Eve. Inhaling fine dust is a health hazard and affects the respiratory tract, for example. In addition, the amount of waste and the stress on animals caused by fireworks are criticized.