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9 Things You Probably Don’t Know about Fireworks

<p>As an engineer, one of the worst things that can happen is if your product blows up. If you are a fireworks designer, however, your best end result is a spectacular explosion. It is generally agreed that the Chinese invented fireworks shortly after inventing gunpowder more than a thousand years ago. Today, the majority of fireworks come from China, although a surprising number of manufacturers are located in the US.</p><p>It is also surprising how much engineering and technology goes into creating a commercial fireworks display. So this Independence Day, as you and your family enjoy the spectacle of aerial explosions and starbursts, give a moment’s thought to the engineers and technicians who make it all possible.</p><p>Here are some interesting technical tidbits to help you understand the science behind the boom.</p><p><em>Senior Editor Kevin Clemens has been writing about energy, automotive, and transportation topics for more than 30 years. He has masters degrees in Materials Engineering and Environmental Education and a doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in aerodynamics. He has set several world land speed records on electric motorcycles that he built in his workshop.</em></p><p><em>(Image source: US Department of Defense)</em></p>
The Fourth of July is almost here. But did you know that the development of firework shows requires an understanding of science, chemistry, physics, and engineering?

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