Unbelievable Firework Facts, did you know firework, firecrackers, sparklers, bonfires: we humans have been delighting in displays of light and sound for hundreds of years. No wonder there are so many jaw-dropping facts related to pyrotechnics – and pyromania. Here are 15 of the most interesting Facts about Fireworks.
1. The word ‘bonfire’ comes from ‘bone-fire’
bone-fire is a term used to describe the burning of bones of animals, traitors, heretics – and witches. The word can be traced back to Celtic Britain and, contrary to Samuel Johnson’s dictionary definition, is not in fact derived from the French for ‘good fire’. Indeed, if you were a witch, this would be a very bad fire.
2. First records of fireworks date back to 1486
According to records, fireworks were first used in England at the wedding of King Henry VII in 1486.
3. Annual spend of millions
People in the United Kingdom spend about £15m on fireworks each year.
4. “Fire Master of England” a title created by Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth, I loved fireworks – so much so that she created the honorary title “Fire Master of England” for the person who organized the best firework displays, based on the recorded fireworks in England.
5. November 5th is not celebrated in this place
Perhaps the only place in England not to celebrate November 5th is St. Peter’s School in York – the establishment attended by Guy Fawkes. Out of respect for their former pupil, the light not a single sparkler on this hallowed day.
6. Firework Sparklers get extremely hot
It’s no surprise that sparklers are hot, but did you know that three together generate the same heat as a blow torch? Be sure to place your spent sparklers in a bucket of water, to prevent fireworks injuries, like burns.
7. The Biggest Fireworks display used to take place in this country
For many years the biggest display for fireworks in the world on record took place in Portugal (2006) and consisted of 66,326 fireworks.
8. The Worlds biggest firework display
But Dubai now lays claim to the world’s largest fireworks display, which took place on 31st December 2013. Stretching out over 95km, the display featured 479,651 fireworks launched from positions 59 miles off the coast.
9. Have you heard about chocolate fireworks?
Chocolate fireworks have been pioneered by the Swiss – naturally. Their biggest effort was a 3m high, 1.5m diameter monster packed with 60kg of Cailler chocolates. It was set off in Zurich on New Year’s Eve 2002.
10. Health & Safety procedures for making fireworks
Making fireworks demands exemplary health and safety procedures. People who make firecrackers must not wear synthetic clothing since static electricity generated by the fibres can set off the explosives. Cotton clothing, however, is safe to wear during production.
11. Drawing with fireworks for photos
You can create beautiful images with sparklers. Simply set up a camera with a long exposure, light a sparkler, and mark out a shape against a dark background.
12. The longest string of firecrackers
On New Year’s Eve in Hong Kong in 1996 a string of firecrackers went on for 22 hours!
13. The world’s largest single firework
The Yonshakudama is the world’s largest single firework. Made in Japan with a 1.2m diameter and weighing 420kg, the resulting explosion measures just under half a mile across. We also have a list for you of the biggest fireworks Displays in the UK
14. Macy’s 4th of July fireworks Spectacular in New York
Each year on independence day about three million people gather to watch the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular in New York (The United States). Another eight million people catch the show on TV.
15. Color effects in firework
Our last in line of Firework facts but not least, the colors in firework. It’s tricky to create a blue effect in a firework. Copper oxide lit within a certain temperature range is required. Orange, by contrast, is much easier to produce.
Elements used to create other colours:
- Green – barium
- Orange – calcium
- Yellow – sodium
- White – aluminium and titanium
- Red – lithium salts and strontium salt
After reading these Firework facts you are probably in the right mood to either create your own firework display or watch one near you! Take a look at our Fireworks near me to buy of watch page and find your fireworks close to your home!