Some consumer fireworks emit high levels of lead and other toxins, a new study finds

Employees ring up customer purchases at Hee Haw Fireworks in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, on Wednesday, June 30, 2020.

(CNN)When it comes to fireworks safety, parents may warn kids to avoid getting too close.

What families may not realize, however, is that there are other health risks associated with setting off fireworks. In fact, some American consumer fireworks release toxins that are harmful for both humans and animals, according to a new study in the journal Particle and Fibre Toxicology on Wednesday.
The study analyzed 12 different retail fireworks and found that once set off, five of them released particle emissions that could damage human cells and animal lungs.
    Consumers tend to forget about the toxins that are released, said Terry Gordon, study author and professor in the department of environmental medicine at New York University's Grossman School of Medicine.
    "You or your family is setting off a ton of fireworks, and you're doing it safely as far as physical injury is