The Explosive Science of Fireworks

How to Take Perfect Fireworks Photos

Getting the perfect shot of the fireworks display at your July 4th celebration is easier than you think.

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Here's How Different Kinds of Fireworks Work
From peonies to chrysanthemums to dahlias, the reason why so many fi…
Bottle rockets and fireworks on ground
Are Bottle Rockets a Serious Fire Danger?

Be careful when you celebrate this Independence Day.

How Do Fireworks Get Their Color?
The elements behind the brilliant blues and bright reds of Fourth of…
Why Aren't Fireworks Getting Any Better?

The unbearable boredom of another July 4th "Fireworks Spectacular."

It's pyrotechnics time. Here's all the knowledge you need to celebrate Independence Day with a bang.
With a Bang: The Science of Fireworks
You've probably set off a firework or two in your time, but do you know how fireworks work? This Fourth of July, we'll burn our way thr…
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For Fireworks Thump Junkies, Too Loud Is Never Loud Enough
At the Pyrotechnics Guild International convention, PM pyrotechnics and ballistics editor William Gurstelle meets two distinct camps of…
PM Visits America's Biggest Fireworks Festival
America's most enthusiastic pyromaniacs recently gathered in Indiana for the Pyrotechnics Guild International convention. We were there…
A Brief History of Fireworks

Mark this July 4 by reading how humanity has lit up the sky through the ages

The Secret Science Inside Brilliant Fireworks
A brilliant fireworks display is a complicated, calculated mixture of chemistry, ballistics and imagination. Here is an in-depth look a…