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Fireworks!

We've used chemistry to light up the night sky for more than a thousand years. Trace the development from the first firecrackers made of gunpowder to today's high-tech pyrotechnics.

Explore combustion in a virtual lab. Find out who invented the first pyrotechnics. And discover what it takes to make the stunning colors and the "kabooms" and "sizzles" that thrill us.

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Anatomy of a Firework

Anatomy of a Firework

Fireworks bursting in mid-air are the result of carefully timed chain reactions. From lift charge to break, explore how they work with this interactive diagram. More...

Interactive
NOVA/PBS
Fireworks Games

Fireworks Games

These computer games put the fun of fireworks (safely) at your fingertips. Warning: You need to be quick to conquer Fire Cracker Frenzy! More...

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Games.co.az
Tips from Smithsonian Photographers

Tips from Smithsonian Photographers

Have you ever tried to capture the beauty of a fireworks display on your phone or camera? Catching their brilliant colors on film can be tricky. Check out this expert advice. More...

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Smithsonian
Firework Pictures

Firework Pictures

Oooh and aaaah at these magnificent displays of light and color. Each photo also includes details about fireworks and how they're made. More...

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National Geographic
Fireworks Are Packed with Chemistry

Fireworks Are Packed with Chemistry

Colors and sounds fill the air on the 4th of July. What makes fireworks possible? Bassam Shakhashiri, chemistry professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, explains. More...

Video
NPR
Fireworks Explained

Fireworks Explained

How do all of those spectacular colors get inside a firework? Have you ever seen a blue firework? (Think carefully!) Scientist Joe Schultz explains the science of fireworks. More...

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Newton/Department of Energy
How Fireworks Work: Gallery

How Fireworks Work: Gallery

This image gallery combines the science of making fireworks with the beauty of seeing the shells explode against the night sky. More...

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Popular Mechanics
Photographing Fireworks

Photographing Fireworks

If you've tried taking photos of fireworks, you may wonder why yours didn't turn out looking like those taken by the pros. Here are some tips to help with your next photo shoot. More...

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National Geographic
Fireworks! Lifting Charge

Fireworks! Lifting Charge

The Chinese created firecrackers more than 1,000 years ago. Discover how we use the same ingredients today to propel fireworks into the sky and create awesome displays. More...

Video
NOVA/PBS
The Science of Fireworks

The Science of Fireworks

Join Brittany and Matt at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia as they investigate the chemistry at work in fireworks. You'll see how the different colors are created. More...

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Science for Kids

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