Watching a fireworks show is almost a rite of passage as the summer gets underway. Seeing all the amazing shades and shapes light up in the night sky is easily one of the best ways to pass the time on a June, July or August night. What most of the audience doesn’t know, however, is how we create all those eye-catching bangs and booms of color.
Here are four types of fireworks that really add spice into a display:
Peonies are what most people picture when they think of fireworks. They light up the night sky using a standard round shape without any funny business. This globe-looking pyrotechnic is usually the foundation of most shows and will forever remain a classic.
Think of a chrysanthemum as a peony with a little bit of added flair. While it also takes on a globe shape, it changes things up by using bright stars that tail out to reveal several faded trails. The colorful burst in the center – also known as the pistil – makes it resemble the beautiful flower of the same name.
The comet does pretty much exactly what its name implies; its bright spheres shoot upward along the sky, which looks like a shooting star or comet to generate those ohhhhs and ahhhhs from the crowd. In our shows, we often use comets as an overture of something even grander to come.
Skyrockets have two parts: their signature and impressive trail of sparks at sendoff and a smaller pop that happens higher in the sky. While this firework isn’t as robust as some other types, it adds much needed flair and diversity to longer shows and more elaborate displays.
A crossette is a unique shell that actually starts out as a comet and then splits into two pieces at its apex (the peak of the firework) to create its special effects. Crossettes also typically let out a distinctive crackling sound that can set it apart from other types.
Pearls are little spheres of color that are shot high and fade away quickly. They typically work well as part of a cake – and we’re talking about the birthday kind. A cake in fireworks terms is actually a fancy name for a fireworks formation. We’ll talk more about cakes and what it takes to make one outside the kitchen in a future blog post so stay tuned.
Considering a fireworks display for an upcoming event or wedding? Contact us to talk about all the details to successfully light up your night.