I-Team: More restrictions put on color runs

Posted at 7:16 PM, Feb 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-26 19:16:23-05

A 5-k color run involving those controversial colored powders is set to take place in largo this weekend.

The I-Team was first to tell you about the potential dangers at these color runs.

Now, Largo's Mayor, Woody Brown and the city's fire chief are concerned after seeing our two part investigation.

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They're now putting safety restrictions on color runs and events where colored powders are used.

We found the colored powders used in these events can be extremely flammable and possibly toxic to your health.

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We sent samples of powders from local events to a lab for testing.

Scientists found elements of rat poison, carcinogens and heavy metals not typically associated with corn starch.  

Largos fire chief tells us they are now putting the following restrictions in place:

  • No smoking at the event.
  • The powder can not be thrown in an enclosed area.
  • No electrical devices can be used to distribute the powder
  • A safety gap must be kept between the stage and the public.
  • Powders must be kept away from hot lights and other electrical equipment.
  • The powder has to contain 15 percent baking soda to help extinguish a fire.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue implemented similar restrictions after seeing our stories.

The state's fire marshal's office is also looking into this.

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