Runners discuss air quality near downtown Houston

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by Brooks Garner / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on July 5, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 5 at 7:20 PM

HOUSTON – Air quality has been poor over the last few days.

Surprisingly, the pollutants – sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide – aren’t severe irritants in themselves. It’s what is born from their existence that is dangerous.

Throughout the day, sunshine bombards the pollution, breaking it apart on an atomic level, leading to free radicals.

As long as the air is trapped, as it will be through tomorrow, our actions will determine the air we breathe.

As tropical moisture arrives this weekend, ozone levels will diminish and rain chances will go up. KHOU 11 News Meteorologist Brooks Garner talked to runners to get the pulse, and explain how ground-level ozone forms.

Watch the video to hear their reactions.

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