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How are Fireworks Made – Basic Chemistry

This will be a brief but informative overview of how fireworks are made.  Fireworks are made of chemicals.   When an external stimulus like heat is applied, the chemical bonds of the chemicals are broken and excess energy is released.

When certain chemicals are “excited” their electrons are released as “photons”.   Photons are particles of light.   Photons vibrate at specific frequencies or wavelengths and those wavelengths translate to colors.

Fireworks emitting photon

Common chemicals used in fireworks are as follows:

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Pull String Fireworks

Pull String Fireworks

Not really fireworks, and not even classified as fireworks these fun little items go by the name, pull string fireworks, pulling tricks, booby traps and several other names they have come to be known by.

Pull String Fireworks often come in packages containing dozens. You may be surprised to learn how these multi-colored, small, cheap and noisy items work. Everyone has seen them in action: Give the string a tug, jump when it pops, then watch an unsuspecting friend jump back a few feet! Pull String Fireworks are packed with a tiny amount of gunpowder. The amounts are so minute that they aren’t even classified as fireworks, which is why they can be sold indiscriminately in grocery stores. More powerful firecrackers, such as M-80s and cherry bombs, are limited by federal law to 50 mg of gunpowder and under. A booby trap has much less than 1 mg of total powder weight.

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21st International Fireworks Competition Hannover Germany

Dates for the 21th International Firework Competition in 2011
May 14 Sweden: Göteborg FyrverkeriFabrik
June 25 France: Intermède
August 27 Spain: Pirotecnia Europlá
September 10 Austria: Pyrovision
September 24 Mexico: Pirotecnica Reyes

The first show of the 21st International Fireworks Competition is in the books, Goteborgs FyrverkeriFabrik respresented Sweden on the night of May 14 2011, enjoy the video below. Goteborg has choreographed and shot amazing pyro musicals around the world including Hannover, Montreal and his homeland of Sweden, and is considered by many one of the best. He has become known for his wonderful use of ground effects including wheels, gerbs, strobes, flash pots and mines. The International Competition in Hannover is one of the best in the world and draws the top displays from around the world.

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How to shoot fireworks displays like the pros

Ok admit it, you spend way too much money on fireworks!

That’s right the very fact your reading this means you have smelt the smoke…there’s no turning back! Let www.usfireworks.biz help you learn to shoot a professional style display right in your own backyard with consumer fireworks with this blog series.

Let’s start with a simple introduction, between now and the 4th of July we will post frequent updates from the very basics such as safety, fusing tips, how to set up angles boards and eventually discuss firing highly technical pyromusicals with professional firing systems. Your welcome to follow along and decide what level you are ready for…a great backyard display can be achieved for less than you might think!

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How to photograph and video fireworks

Everybody’s doin it! It used to be you had to hire a professional video guy with a high dollar camera to get decent video of your back yard display, and we see the question posed time and time again “How to video fireworks”
Admittedly Fireworks are one of the more difficult subjects to videotape, but with a few quick tips we can get you posting beautiful videos in no time! First, let’s discuss equipment. The camera we are using is a not a high dollar, professional piece of equipment you would expect to see on a Hollywood movie set, in fact it’s a Panasonic Lumix we paid less than $300.00 for online! These newer, small enough to fit in your pocket cameras are truly amazing and include capabilities such as recording video in high definition at 30 frames per second!

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