What if everyone on Earth starts bursting crackers for one day?

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What amount of Air and sound pollution would this cause, i mean if every single person on earth starts bursting crackers for 5-6 hours only for one day,
I just need the approximate idea of dammage this would cause to environment, u could assume average values for these data, please help me, i am cracker lover and we only burst crackers on diwali(festival in india), and now it is banned in most of the cities of india, even there are other more serious reasons for the air/noise pollution?
 

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sophiecentaur
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What a thought. The main problem with this idea would be to actually produce the billions of crackers needed. So, even if you could come up with a total figure for pollution products, it is not a scenario that's really worth exploring.
I can't imagine that source of pollution is very significant, even in a festival. I reckon that the danger of fires is the best reason not to use fireworks in an uncontrolled way. (As with sky lanterns). But the ways of 'the Authorities' are weird and wonderful.
Authorities can be very strange in their attitude to pollution. There is a (worldwide?) band on small two stroke engines nowadays on the grounds of pollution but they have to represent a ridiculously small proportion of pollution products from IC engines in general. One single large cargo ship going through the English Channel would produce vastly more pollution than all the small leisure craft, lawn mowers and chainsaws put together in the south of England. But it is in the interests of manufacturers to be producing more four strokes to replace the existing two strokes and the politicians can make a big thing about their (fictional) effect on pollution from a silly law.
But fire crackers are too damned noisy when used in large quantities.
 
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This is not a good PF question.

What if questions are sometimes potentially enlightening, this one, sadly, is not one of thoe questions. If you think it is important then work out the energy released on a global basis. Scientists usually ask 'what if' to themselves, then fiddle and see what they get on paper or from a computer program. After they get an idea of what they are dealing with they might 'what if' someone else, in the form of a more well-formed question. Enrico Fermi was famous for doing this.
Google for: Enrico Fermi 'Where are they?'

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