Chemistry of Fireworks

Ottawa Township High School, Ottawa, IL
Ottawa Township High School, Ottawa, IL

The colorful and impressive fireworks displays seen at Fourth of July celebrations 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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