Chemical speciation of respirable suspended particulate matter during a major firework festival in India.

@article{Sarkar2010ChemicalSO,
  title={Chemical speciation of respirable suspended particulate matter during a major firework festival in India.},
  author={Sayantan Sarkar and Pandit Sudan Khillare and Darpa Saurav Jyethi and Amreen Hasan and Musarrat Parween},
  journal={Journal of hazardous materials},
  year={2010},
  volume={184 1-3},
  pages={321-30}
}
Ambient respirable particles (PM ≤ 10 μm, denoted by PM(10)) were characterized with respect to 20 elements, 16 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), elemental and organic carbon (EC and OC) during a major firework event-the "Diwali" festival in Delhi, India. The event recorded extremely high 24-h PM(10) levels (317.2-616.8 μg m(-3), 6-12 times the WHO standard) and massive loadings of Ba (16.8 μg m(-3), mean value), K (46.8 μg m(-3)), Mg (21.3 μg m(-3)), Al (38.4 μg m(-3)) and EC (40.5 μg m… CONTINUE READING