Category: Entertainment . Last updated May 24, 2023.« Back to Themes
The colorful and impressive fireworks displays seen during New Year’s Eve, Fourth of July, and other events pack a lot of chemistry into those “Ooooo! Aah!” moments.
- How are Fireworks and Gunpowder Made?
from Royal Society of Chemistry Education
A literacy based activity to understand what is behind the explosive power of fireworks.
- What do we know about Fireworks? from ChemMatters Magazine
Choose from several short activities to use in combination with the ChemMatters articles.
- Flame Test (Rainbow Demo) from AACT
Observe the variety of colors produced when different metals or metallic salts are heated in a flame.
- Types of Fireworks from Royal Society of Chemistry Education
Five video demonstrations are used to differentiate between the types of fireworks – Roman Candles, Shells, Catherine Wheels, Lancers and Cakes.
- “Underwater Fireworks” Reaction of Chlorine and Acetylene from Flinn Scientific
Cautiously use this advanced demonstration in a well-ventilated fume hood.
- Fireworks from ChemMatters Magazine
How do fireworks explode and how do they produce spectacular bursts of color?
- What's in Fireworks? from C&EN
What makes those splashes of color in the sky? How have they changed through history?
- Fireworks Shower the Sky with Science
from ScienceNews Explores
What does it take to successfully send up a world-record-breaking firework?
- Meet the Mad Scientists who created Edible Fireworks from Wired
These two modern day Willy Wonkas connected delicious tastes and smells to fireworks.
- Festive Fireworks Create Harmful Pall of Pollution from Forbes
Fireworks affect the air around us. How much? What can we do?
- The Chemistry of Firework Colours from Compound Interest
The colors in fireworks stem from a variety of metal compounds, particularly metal salts.
- Eco-Friendly Fireworks for all your Celebratory Needs from Greenmatters
Unfortunately, fireworks aren’t always the most eco-friendly party favor.
How do Sparklers Work? From ACS Reactions
Take an up close, slow motion look at the chemistry of how sparklers work.
Fireworks in Space from National Geographic
If someone happened to celebrate Independence Day in outer space, what would happen to the fireworks?