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12 Ways that the Technology of Fireworks Might Surprise You

Here are a dozen things you might not have known about the science and engineering that goes into fireworks.

For a product that was first developed in the 6th Century AD, it’s surprising how much technology and innovation still goes into a modern fireworks display. The combination of chemistry, physics, electronics, and even computer simulations that are applied to aerial explosions and starbursts is impressive. So this Independence Day, as you and your family ooh and ah over the display, give a moment’s thought to the engineers and technicians who make it all possible.

Here are some interesting fireworks facts to help you understand the science behind the boom.


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.

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