Naval Combat in Mazatlan: years of contamination for minutes of fun – The Mazatlán Post

Naval Combat in Mazatlan: years of contamination for minutes of fun - The Mazatlán Post

Mazatlan, Sin.- about two thousand 200 kilos of pyrotechnics were detonated last Saturday Carnival during the Combat Naval on Avenida Del Mar. After 15 minutes of fireworks, what remains is garbage and years of pollution, both on the beaches and in the sea.

During Sunday and still this Monday morning, several publications in networks social expressed the amount of waste that was thrown into the sand area after the burning of pyrotechnics and of trash generally after the first parade.

The environmentalist Sofía Trejo points out that the damage that the gunpowder residues will generate in this natural space will last for many years, because in addition to the fact that a large number of them have probably already been dragged out to sea when the tide rises, the micro-fragments, which it contains heavy metals, which remain on the beach are more difficult to clean.

“The City Council sends one or two people the next day to collect what is left, what they see, what they can reach, but the large quantity has already stayed there in small fragments, because maybe they collect the large, but the micro is not they will be able to collect those materials,” he said.

He added that it is very sad and unfortunate that agencies such as Ecology and the Operator and Administrator of Beaches do not comment on the matter, although he recognized that this would be for them to go against the decisions of the municipal president.

“I don’t know what their function is, finally, because when they swim in the campaign, everyone wanted to hold ecological forums, everyone was interested in talking with the environmentalists of Mazatlan, because they wanted to make a work agenda, what I said is that where their interest is really going to be will be based on the budget that they are going to assign to Ecology and Beach Operator and with the budget that they give them, they barely go out to pay the staff”, he added.

However, she emphasized, the economic resource is not a pretext, because just as she and other activists do environmentalism without a budget, only for the pure interest of preserving natural resources.

“Mazatlán depends economically on two things: fishing and tourism, and we are degrading it in the process. We are not valuing the natural resources that we use to survive economically,” emphasized.

He also added that it is not necessary to take up the Carnival as a reference, since every week fireworks are used in various parts of the beach for fun, without anyone taking charge after removing the waste, much less sanctioning.

“Every week fireworks are used in various parts of the beach, in establishments, restaurants, hotels and it’s the same, the waste is not collected, it stays there, here it is more notorious for the large amount that was detonated,” he added.

Trejo considers that it is time to evolve other forms of entertainment, for example, in 2020 during the Naval Combat a drone show was held.

We have to become ecologically aware and see how our entertainment actions can affect our environment as little as possible,” he considered.


The detonation of pyrotechnics in bodies of water considerably increases pollution levels, as well as noise and lights, the result of explosions that are made for a long time and in large quantities, disturb ecosystems, according to the Ministry of Environment and Resources. Natural in a statement.

Several meters away, you can even perceive the smell generated by the pollution of the mixture of nitrates, sulfates, perchlorates in formulas of sodium, copper, strontium, lithium, antimony, magnesium, aluminum and barium.

Neutralizers, oxidizers and binders are mixed in pyrotechnics, in addition to sodium perchlorate that propels the rocket, heavy metals that provide color and aerosols that cause detonation.

Once in the air, this mixture releases, among other things, carbon monoxide and suspended particles, and together with emissions from transport, factories, hot fires and burning tires or garbage, it generates high pollution, poor visibility and a feeling of fog.

When inhaled, these components generate serious respiratory illnesses, since they enter directly to the lung fundus, they can cause sudden discomfort due to poisoning and even death while the metals impact the respiratory system.

In addition, the sodium perchlorate detonated by rockets near bodies of water increases up to a thousand times normal levels, damaging microorganisms and aquatic fauna.

The most vulnerable to fireworks are children, the elderly, people with respiratory or cardiovascular problems and animals, as well as the environment.

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