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The Chemistry of Fireworks [Video]

Fireworks are the dazzling and loud end result of complex chemical process. Watch this video to see the chemistry behind a fireworks display explained by none other than the father of modern pyrotechnics, John Conkling.

Courtesy of Bytesize Science:

From the sizzle of the fuse to the boom and burst of colors, this video brings you all of the exciting sights and sounds of Fourth of July fireworks, plus a little chemical knowhow. The video features John A. Conkling, Ph.D., who literally wrote the book on fireworks — he is the author of The Chemistry of Pyrotechnics, Basic Principles and Theory. Conkling shows how the familiar rockets and other neat products that light up the night sky all represent chemistry in action.

[via Geeks Are Sexy]

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  • Published 07/3/12

Comments (1)

  1. Ushindi

    And tonight I get to watch an actual fireworks show! (Legally put on by local government, BTW.)
    Always fun to see the awe-struck faces of the little kids.

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