Fun Fact Friday: Fireworks

Did you know that fireworks were invented in China, during the 7th century? It’s true!

The festive pyrotechnics were traditionally used in celebrations like Chinese New Year, and their popularity eventually spread to become a mainstay in events around the world. Of course, here in the US, we typically associate fireworks with Independence Day, and fireworks have been a part of American celebrations since before the Revolutionary War. Fireworks are also an important part of New Year’s festivities, with an annual fireworks show during the televised ball dropping ceremony in Times Square.

Here are some other fun facts about fireworks:

  • The colors produced by fireworks often come from using different metals in their chemistry, such as calcium, which  produces orange, barium (green), lithium (red) and phosphorus, which creates glow in the dark effects.
  • Pyrotechnical competitions are held around the world, such as the Montreal Fireworks Festival, in Quebec, Canada.
  • The world record for the largest fireworks display of all time was set in  Søgne, Norway in 2014.
  • The largest firework rocket ever produced weighed nearly 30 pounds.

Want to learn more about Fireworks? Check out out these video titles about fireworks, on Discovery Education Streaming!


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