Fireworks are a personal favourite of mine, with firework science being particularly popular amongst my pupils. The different colours are created using different chemicals, and one of two different chemical reactions: incandescence (light created through heat) and luminescence (light without heat).
Fast Fact: The largest single firework to be set off was in Japan in 1988. The burst was over 1 kilometre across.
|Red||Strongtium and Lithium|
|White||Magnesium or Aluminium|
|Green||Barium plus a Chlorine producer|
|Blue||Copper plus a Chlorine producer|
|Purple||Strontium plus Copper|
|Silver||Aluminium or Magnesium powder|