Well Hello There, 2013!

Happy New Year!  Here’s a picture of fun fireworks!

Hundreds of streams of bright fireworks light up the sky for station residents and Japanese locals to enjoy at Penny Lake July 5. (Photo by Cpl. Jennifer Pirante)

And while we’re on the topic, did you know that fireworks are basically just a series of chemical reactions?  I know most people understand that celebratory pyrotechnics are dancing explosions in the sky, but did you stop to consider the science?  Did you ever look up at those bright bursts of color and think, “Gee, that green is pretty.  I’m sure they used Barium and BaCl2 to make it look like that”.

Well…Now you can.

And while we’re on the topic, here are some more fun fireworks facts for you on this fine first day in January (ooh, I love alliteration):

Largest firework display of all time

77,282 firework projectiles were launched in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Kuwait’s constitution, becoming the largest in history. The display was part of celebrations on November 10, 2012 on the coastal Gulf Road.

Largest Catherine wheel

A self-propelled vertical firework wheel was designed by The Lily Fireworks Factory and fired for at least one revolution on the eve of the annual festival of Our Lady Of The Lilies.  The Lily Fireworks Factory, Mqabba, Malta currently possesses this record, burning a Catherine Wheel with a diameter of 32.044 m (105 ft 1.56 in), on June 18, 2011.

Longest firework waterfall

The world’s longest firework waterfall was the ‘Niagara Falls’, which measured 3,517.23 m (11,539 ft 5 in) when ignited on August 23, 2008 at the Ariake Seas Fireworks Festival, Fukuoka, Japan.

Most firework rockets launched in 30 seconds

The most firework rockets launched in 30 seconds is 125,801, organized by Pyroworks International Inc. (Philippines), in Cebu, Philippines, on May 8, 2010.

Largest firework rocket

The largest firework rocket is 13.40 kg (29.53 lb) and was produced and launched by Associaçao Nacional de Empresas de Produtos Explosivos (Portugal) at the 12th International Symposium on Fireworks in Oporto and Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, on October 13, 2010.

Information provided by Wikipedia

Well I hope that was helpful!  Nothing rings in the New Year quite like learning about the explosive properties of fireworks.

Have a great 2013, everyone!

Jessica L. Tozer is a blogger for DoDLive and Armed With Science.  She is an Army veteran and an avid science fiction fan, both of which contribute to her enthusiasm for technology in the military.

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