10 Fun Facts about Fireworks
Fireworks are eye-catching, gorgeous, loud, beautiful, and let’s face it – a bit mysterious. Here are some cool facts you might not know about fireworks.
10 Fun Facts about Fireworks:
- The skill of creating and setting off fireworks is called pyrotechnics. It’s from the Greek word pyro, “fire,” and techne, “art.”
- According to Wikipedia, the most common feature of fireworks is a paper or pasteboard tube or casing filled with the combustible material, often pyrotechnic stars. A number of these tubes or cases are often combined so as to make, when kindled, a great variety of sparkling shapes, often variously colored.
- The hardest firework color to create is blue. Even after thousands of years, there isn’t a full-proof chemistry to make bright blue. However, red, green, orange and white are very easy to produce.
- Fireworks require three main components: an oxidizer, a fuel and a chemical mix to product the color. When exposed to fire, the oxidizer breaks the chemical bonds in the fuel, which releases the energy stored in the bonds.
- Sparklers are usually considered very safe, but can actually burn as hot as 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit – so be careful!
- Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York fireworks are illegal for the general consumer.
- Rumor has it that the Walt Disney Company is the world’s largest consumer of fireworks. It is the happiest place on Earth!
- Wearing any material other than cotton is a big no-no when making fireworks. Why? Synthetic fibers causes static electricity, which could spell big trouble around explosives.
- According to GOV, fireworks generate three forms of energy: sound, light and heat. That booming sound you hear after the explosion is from the quick release of energy, which causes the air to expand faster than the speed of sound, causing a shockwave.
- Today’s displays are all about technology and safety. Typically, a computer sends an electric signal that lights the fuse of each firework. This fires a lift charge that launches the shell out of the mortar.
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