A Blast of Colorful Fire

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Sarah Burkeholder writes, Fireworks have been seen by a large quantity of people throughout the United States for hundreds of years.

Fireworks have been seen by a large quantity of people throughout the United States for hundreds of years. Many of those people have either seen them on the 4th of July or at a New Year’s celebration. Fireworks have black powder commonly known as gunpowder in a tight paper tube with a fuse used for lighting.Fireworks come in various colors. From intense red to medium red. From medium red to orange to yellow. From yellow to green to blue to purple. And from purple to gold to silver. But, how do fireworks get their color? Different metal’s powders produce different colors. Strontium creates a intense red and lithium creates a medium red. The bright and warm orange is made with calcium . Yellow is made with the use of sodium.Barium creates mixed G-R-E-E-N!! Primary blue is created with copper halides. The mix of red and blue is made with the mix of either potassium and copper or strontium and copper. Gold and silver are the richest of all colors. With charcoal, iron, or lampblack you can see a gold firework. For silver either titanium or magnesium is used.Fireworks were first invented in China in the Han Dynasty which was 200 years B.C. This was long before gunpowder was invented. The fireworks a man named Marco Polo brought back from Orient in 1292 fascinated the people of Italy. The Italians decided to develop fireworks into a true art form. They brought color to the fireworks. It was the settlers who brought fire works into the the United States in the 1600’s. Fireworks are used for many occasions. And very many people look forward to any celebration that shows these magical fires.