Colors, sparks, booms and whistles all require different pyrotechnic recipes.
Hidden underneath the bright colors and celebratory nature of fireworks is a combination of ancient chemistry and modern pyrotechnical recipes.
Fireworks can be frightening to pets: here’s how to help them stay calm and happy.
In heat and drought like the western U.S. and Canada are experiencing in 2021, all it takes is a spark to start a wildfire.
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Every year, the number of wildfires caused by humans spikes on Independence Day. There are safer ways to celebrate amid the heat and drought.
An airtanker drops retardant to help stop the spread of the 2015 Eyrie Fire in the foothills of Boise, Idaho, which was ignited by sparks from construction equipment.
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Wildfires aren’t always wild. Many of the most expensive and damaging fires happen in suburban areas, and nearly all blazes in these zones are started by humans.
For those with PTSD, sounds from fireworks can trigger flashbacks.
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Setting off fireworks may be fun for you, but for some of your neighbors it could be a traumatic experience.
Fireworks light up the sky over New York City in 2019.
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An economist puzzles over why fireworks have been going off nightly across the country for so many weeks in a row.
Fireworks are a class of explosive pyrotechnic devices that commonly come in around seven colors.
Most of us look forward to the fireworks on the Fourth of July. But did you ever wonder how the chemists create those colors that light up the night sky? Are some colors harder to create than others?
Evolution can explain why animals are scared – but what can we do to help?
John Adams believed the fourth of July should be filled with ‘illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.’
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An economist explores data on injuries, which states ban fireworks and other interesting stats on what President John Adams referred to as ‘illuminations.’
“Remember, remember the fifth of November”…
A chemical found in products as diverse as fireworks and food packaging, perchlorate can interfere with thyroid function as well as foetal brain development.
The share of fireworks being used for professional displays like this one at the Capitol last year is falling.
Every American shoots off almost a pound of fireworks a year, on average, and their growing personal use is causing injuries to climb.
Not the best day for dogs.
It can be a scary time for pets – but science has some valuable solutions.
Personal fireworks have been banned from sale in Australia since the 1980s.
With massive public displays of fireworks set for New Year’s eve tonight, the accidental Senator David Leyonhjelm has recently called for the abolition of the ban on personal purchasing of fireworks throughout…
Nothing says Fourth of July like “bombs” bursting in air.
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Another Fourth of July is here, the time for backyard barbecues, picnics, cookouts, parades, swimming and fireworks. One of those Independence Day pastimes, however, stands apart: fireworks. They’re a…
What happened to the dragons?
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On New Year’s Eve fireworks manufacturers the world over will finally be able to relax after their biggest sale of the year. But this day has been a fireworks staple for a surprisingly long time, although…
Burning crosses in Lewes.
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Remember, remember! The fifth of November Gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason Why the gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot! Versions of this rhyme have been chanted in the UK for centuries…
With a bang, not a whimper.
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While large firework displays have become even more more popular over the past ten years or so, most of the chemistry behind these exuberant displays has been known for centuries. Marrying this with modern…