Fireworks, which were invented in China, are obviously a big deal in China. But no fireworks show in any part of the country and very probably the world can match the sheer spectacle and beautiful audacity of the fireworks show in Nuanquan, China. That’s because it’s more of a molten metal show. A blacksmith, wearing…
There’s no better way to celebrate the birth of a nation than by blowing stuff up. And what more appropriate way could there be to commemorate the Fourth of July than with a shoulder-mounted bazooka that ignites and blasts fireworks into the sky?
The maniac inventor Colin Furze cooked up a truly spectacular thing this time around: he made a giant firework wheel. As in, fireworks are attached to a wheel (not unlike a windmill) which is attached to a truck which is then all lit at once which is then spun around in circles which then explodes beautifully,…
If you want beautiful fireworks bursting in the sky, you’re going to need to mine the Earth first. Here’s the geology of the minerals that give fireworks their vibrant colours.
Destroy all the bullets. But since we can’t do that because the sanctity of America rests on people’s ability to shoot things, destroy some bullets. Like these 2000 bullets that are probably passed their lifetime! Turns out, bullets make for some crazy works of fire. It’s basically explosive popcorn.
Mark your calendars for fireworks, Earthlings. And no, I’m not talking about the little peonies you’re shooting off the back deck tonight. Astronomers have wised up to a much more epic light show that’s going down 5,000 light years away. And in 2018, it’s coming to a telescope near you.
Recently, 20,000 pounds of fireworks were seized in Glasscock County, Texas, and the local bomb squads helped the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to dispose of them. How? By exploding the whole lot of them over the course of three and a half days and creating a tower of sparkling smoke.
This ain't no backyard bottle-rocket situation. This is Polaris Fireworks AB of China's towering display of gunpowder prowess at the Sixth Philippine International Pyromusical Competition, glimpsed last night over the Mall of Asia shopping center south of Manila.
The 2014 Bamboo Rocket Festival in Thailand (one of many such traditional events held annually prior to the rainy season) yielded the absolutely jaw-dropping fireworks display below. No more words even necessary, really ... watch and prepare to have your face melted clean off by sheer force of awesome.
If you are sick of all those safely precautions required to set off fireworks these days, then maybe you'd have been happier 500 years in the past. Those were the days when fireworks were truly awe-inspiring.
Fireworks on a dark night are lovely. But how much more lovely would they be if you knew the science behind all those pretty explosions in the sky — and could watch a lab demonstration of that science in action?
Thanks to one fellow and his Phantom drone, we get to see what fireworks look like up close.
2013 ended with a bang in Dubai —not a metaphorical one, but a very real one, as the wealthy city ushered in the new year by launching over 500,000 fireworks. The six-minute extravaganza set the world record for the biggest fireworks display, according to Guinness, triumphing over the previous record holder by, oh,…
In a stunning twist on an already impressive spectacle, filmmaker Julian Tay decided to see what would happen if he digitally reversed this year's NYE fireworks display over Docklands in Melbourne, Australia. The results were fantastic.
What goes into fireworks? A combination of things that include fuel, an occasional colorant, and the most important part of any pyrotechnic, an oxidizer. Because of that oxidizer, you'll get to see sparklers in water basically blow up a test tube.
The title of this YouTube video is "Wierdest [sic] Chemical Reaction I have Ever Freaking Seen!!" And while we've seen some pretty amazing reactions in our day, we're inclined to agree with that description. Why? Because writhing, peduncled, apparating blahrf-fest, that's why. Oh — and it's also deadly.
Were you pondering purchasing contraband pyrotechnics this Fourth of July? Are you a child actor who can't act? If you answered "Yes!" and "Wurgh?" — don't even think about it, scum.
This blurb appeared in a 1937 issue of Popular Science. In London, two fellows donned asbestos suits and feigned a boxing match while their pyrotechnic doppelgangers exploded alongside them, like some sort of spontaneously combusting conjoined twins.