Father says he is among dozens diagnosed with brain tumours who lived close to fireworks factory

Mail Online | 8/26/2019 | Kamal Sultan For Mailonline
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A man diagnosed with a rare brain tumour found more than 30 people who grew up in the same contaminated neighbourhood as him also suffered with rare neurological conditions.

Father of three Nick Squires was diagnosed with oligodendroglioma in 2015 when he was 31 and noticed that a worrying number of others who also grew up in Hanover, Massachusetts were fighting and dying from brain tumours.

People - Miles - National - Fireworks - Site

He found at least 35 people who lived within two or three miles of the National Fireworks site for large amounts of time were diagnosed with rare brain conditions.

The National Fireworks Company started developing, manufacturing and testing civilian fireworks and military munitions at the site in 1907 and dumped chemicals there until its closure in 1971.

Mr - Squires - King - Street - Patriot

Mr Squires who lived in King Street until he was 18 told The Patriot Ledger: 'I had anxiety about coming out and talking about this because I know it can cause panic but there's something very wrong here, and people have the right to know.

'People deserve to know that the site saw more than 60 years of unadulterated contamination with chemicals I can't even pronounce.'

Contamination - Spread - Fireworks - Site

He thinks the contamination spread beyond the fireworks site.

Lead, mercury, and organic solvents, among other chemicals, were used in manufacturing operations at the site.

Mid-1980s - Environmental - Protection - Agency - Dozens

In the mid-1980s the federal Environmental Protection Agency found dozens of toxic waste barrels around the property.

Some of the toxins found included arsenic, chloroform, Freon, trichloroethene and vinyl chloride.

Assessment - Site - Firm - Tetra - Tech

An assessment on the site by environmental firm, Tetra Tech, found out there were at least 19 contaminants in 2005.

The report said: 'The findings indicate that there are areas of the site where there is a significant risk to both human health and the environment.'

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