The fireworks we have grown to know and love have not always been as colourful and dynamic as we currently see them. The night-time elements that we are now accustomed to celebrate every festive season were once simple. The history and evolution of fireworks is an interesting journey into the creation and popularity of the explosive.
A Brief History And Evolution Of Fireworks
Historians state that the earliest fireworks were historically from China. They were developed around the 2nd century B.C. and were made from bamboo thrown into the fire. These would overheat and explode and, thus, the first “fireworks” were born. Over the years chemists began to experiment with powders with the first idea of gunpowder being a mixture with potassium nitrate, charcoal and sulfur. This resulted in the first artificial, man-made firecracker. The traditional fire work then evolved to become more complex with more colours and more styles.
The Different Kinds Of Fireworks And How They Work
Fire-crackers are easy fireworks that are often characterised by a loud sharp and quick bang. The crackers are not as flashy as other fireworks and often come as hand-held pyrotechnics. There are fire-crackers that are known as grenades that work similarly, conceptually. Like the name suggests, grenades are lit up and thrown into the air before they go off. They are similar to fire-crackers in that their explosions are short-lived, loud and small. They are fun and inexpensive, but there is not much spectre.
Sparklers are long and simple fireworks that are often lit up on the end and sparkle until they fizzle out. They are a great option for kids because they are quite safe and easy to manage. These are implemented in several celebratory gatherings, like weddings, birthdays, and other festivities.
Rocket fireworks are launched from the ground up. They are characterised by their conical tops and their cylindrical exterior. When they launch off there is often a whistling sound to imitate the rockets they are named after.
These fireworks are long cylindrical tubes that eject stars. They are aimed at the sky and come in different sizes to produce a different number of ‘bursts’. They are handheld, unlike ground spinners; however, these fireworks are illegal in different countries including Finland and some parts of the USA because they are unpredictable and tend to malfunction.
Fountains are more spectacular than your regular crackers. They are placed in a central position and stars shoot out of them to create a ‘fountain’, spewing continuously in a variety of directions and styles. Some swirl around while others shoot straight ahead. Fountain fireworks are spectacular and show off vibrant colours, depending on the purchase.
These fun fiery trinkets are placed on the ground and whizz in a circular motion. They light up from the ground and therefore shouldn’t be handled as they’re being lit up. These fireworks require a safe distance as well to prevent close proximity burns. They are affordable even for children and easily accessible at any store that sells fireworks.