Top Firework Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

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Most of us know what fireworks are, and they are enjoyed by millions if not billions worldwide to celebrate all manner of things. From bonfire night to weddings, birthdays and New Year’s Eve, the chances are you either purchased your fireworks for sale or attended an event at some point in your life. Whilst we know what they are, there are still many things unknown to many relating to fireworks, so here are some of the top firework facts you may find interesting to learn.

Average Display Spend

As you can imagine, the average cost of public displays is much more than what the average household spends. In London alone, displays cost approximately £2 million every year whilst the average household spends approximately £72.35. If you compare this to the US, yearly spending is between $1.5 and $2 billion on fireworks, thanks to Independence Day’s 4th of July celebrations.

Some colours are difficult to make

Whilst we take fireworks for granted, have you ever thought about how the different colours are created. It turns out some are more difficult to make than others, with blue being the most troublesome. Why? It’s all to do with chemistry as due to the high temperatures generated from a firework or sparkler, this will cause the blue to be seen rarely, impacting by copper chloride. Next time you see a firework display, you’ll see plenty of yellow, red, or white, but rarely any blue.

It was Italy that made fireworks what they are today.

Despite existing for centuries and being invented by China, they weren’t originally for celebration. Early fireworks were produced to scare and fend off would-be threats and did not contain the colours and different patterns we associate today. Instead, it wasn’t until hundreds of years later, in the 1800s, that Italy experimented with making them brighter and more colourful using aerial shells and metallic powders to create different colours.

Queen Elizabeth, I was a big fan of fireworks.

Yes, it’s known that Queen Elizabeth I was such a fan of fireworks as a child that she created the role of Fire Master of England. This was a title given to whoever was the best and most respected creator and helped capture the imagination of those wanting the title to be theirs, creating their high-quality fireworks. It’s believed that the first fireworks in England were at the wedding of Henry VII and Henry VIII continued this tradition at his many weddings too.

Half of all firework injuries happen to children.

Whilst fireworks are fun and amazing to use and watch, nearly half of all injuries relating to fireworks occur to children. Most of these are preventable and highlight the risks of not using fireworks and sparklers safely. If you are looking to purchase fireworks for an upcoming event, you’ll need to ensure that you follow the firework code. This will keep everyone safe and ensure the event goes without issue. 

Remember to always stay safe from any lit fireworks and point them away from standing spectators. Wear gloves when using sparklers and keep them at arm’s length, and once finished, dispose of them into a bucket of water. Any unused fireworks should be saturated in water too.

These are just a few of the many interesting facts about fireworks, but above all, safety should be a high priority when purchasing and using them. 

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