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Fireworks

Fireworks are a class of low explosive pyrotechnic devices used for aesthetic and entertainment purposes. The most common use of a firework is as part of a fireworks display (also called a fireworks show or pyrotechnics), a display of the effects produced by firework devices. Fireworks competitions are also regularly held at a number of places.

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Fireworks in Salisbury

These are some fireworks I shot by High Rock Lake in Salisbury, NC on the Fourth of July in 2012.

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

The Chemistry of Fireworks

Sodium produces yellow/gold colors, barium creates green, copper produces blue, strontium produces red and titanium produces silver-colored sparks. Other commonly used chemicals are carbon which provides fuel, oxidizers which produce oxygen for burning, magnesium which increases the brilliance/brightness, antimony that gives a glitter effect and calcium which deepens the colors.

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

Fireworks from Apple Day!

Can never see enough fireworks!

Contributed by Erika Griego

Fireworks at a ski lodge

I wish this could be my fourth of july

Contributed by Ryann Burnett

San Francisco New Year's

New Year's Eve Fireworks 2014 over San Francisco

Contributed by Kathryn Vercillo

mine 4th of July

Contributed by Maria Jacobson

Did you know there is a legend that states the Chinese made the first fireworks in the 800s! They filled bamboo shoots with gunpowder and exploded them at the New Year. They hoped that the sound would scare away evil spirits.

Contributed by Courtney Walsh

This is a company that will turn you into fireworks when you die..

Contributed by Lois Tan

Here's an interesting link from the Washington Post about some facts about fireworks injury. Fireworks are actually a lot safer than you'd think, with incidents like the latest accident in Simi Valley being the exception. In fact, most injuries sustained are usually due to...sparklers. That's right, the most harmless, silly little firework can be the most dangerous. That's why parents are reminded to watch young children when they play with sparklers...and don't swordfight with them!

Contributed by Bridget LaMonica

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