The Science Behind Fireworks



Jul 03, 2014

While tomorrow is the Fourth of July, a long celebrated holiday which marks the day of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and freedom for the U.S. from the British Colonies, thousands of people will gather in their nearby towns to watch fireworks.

But, how many people know the science behind a  firework? Fireworks are documented as originating in ancient China, and the different combinations of chemicals are what produce the vibrant colors we see.  A firework is basically a combustible element.

Watch this video to learn more about the science behind fireworks from John Conkling, Ph.D., who is a professor at Washington College in Maryland and wrote the original book on pyrotechnics.

Read the original article here.