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Fireworks Facts and Figures

We use fireworks to celebrate many occasions - especially on the 4th of July.

Did you know?

  • The first commemorative Independence Day fireworks were set off on July 4, 1777, quite possibly at the suggestion of America's first VP - John Adams.
  • Fireworks are chemical reactions - two or more substances coming together to form something new. 
  • Fireworks get their bright colors by burning elements.
  • Each element produces a different color.
  • Our favorite element, aluminum. produces silvery white flames.
  • Aluminum is also one of the main components in a sparklers.
  • Sparklers can get REALLY hot - 2000 degrees! Almost twice melting point of aluminum, aka, molten metal!
  • The longest sparkler ever made was 12 feet long, crafted at the New Jersey Fireworks Manufacturing Co. Inc.
  • Macy's 4th of July fireworks show commonly considered the largest in the country - firing off 3,000 different shells a minute, 75,000 shells in total.
  • Kentucky is giving Macy's a run for the money. Thunder Over Louisville, part of the Kentucky Derby Festival. According to their website, "In just 24 years, what started as a better than average fireworks display has become the pinnacle of pyrotechnics. Thunder is the nation’s largest annual fireworks event."
  • Leave it to the pros! That's absolutely the safest way to enjoy the holidays.
  • Fireworks are illegal in many areas. If you choose not to leave it to the pros, be sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them. 
  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks. 
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly. 
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at anyone
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never use fireworks while impaired by alcohol or drugs. 44% of victims of firework related deaths had used alcohol or drugs prior to the incident.
  • Keep a bucket of water or garden hose handy, in case of fire or other mishap.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, to prevent a trash fire, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device.
  • If you REALLY like fireworks and want to go out - literally go out - with a bang - check out Heavenly Stars Fireworks.

Be safe and enjoy your holiday!


Sources: US Consumer Product Safety Commission,,

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