Chemistry of Fireworks

Fireworks in the sky


The colorful and impressive fireworks displays seen during New Year’s Eve, Fourth of July, and other events pack a lot of chemistry into those “Ooooo! Aah!” moments. Learn more about the history, construction, shapes, and colors of fireworks. 

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  • Learn About... Fireworks!
    Chemistry can be a blast as you get the scoop on which compounds give you which color, how to stay safe, and more.
  • How Fireworks Work
    Check out what goes into a firework, long before you see its explosive glow in the sky.
  • Kaboom!
    Fire up your learning as you dissect the anatomy of a firework and its chemistry.
  • I Didn't Know That: Fireworks
    Get up close and personal with the inner workings of a firework as you go behind the scenes at a fireworks company.

(all sites accessed November 2017)