Many cities, such as New York, returned to hosting big public displays in 2021 after skipping 2020 due to the pandemic.
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The latest data shows imports of bottle rockets, sparklers and other fireworks at a record pace, even as consumer demand appears likely to wane. That could create opportunities for patient revelers.
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 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?
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.’
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…