The Basics of Fireworks

Before you start letting loose with your favorite fireworks, it’s important to understand what they are and how they work. Here are the basics: What are the components, what makes them special, how to safely handle them, and the legal issues surrounding them. After reading this article, you should feel comfortable and confident using fireworks to light up the night. Whether you want to light up your neighborhood or have a more lavish party, there are many fireworks to choose from.

Chemical reactions

Fireworks are an explosive display. The firework mixture contains solid chemicals that undergo chemical reactions upon igniting. These chemical reactions produce heat and light, as well as a change in odor. Fireworks also contain gas, which is needed for explosive displays. To understand these reactions, we need to first understand how fireworks are made. The basic ingredients of a firework are solid and oxidized metal salts. Once ignited, these chemicals combine with the oxidizer to produce the explosive effect.

Common features

Most common features of fireworks are pasteboard tubes and combustible materials, including shells, pyrotechnic stars, and rockets. Commercial-grade fireworks are manufactured with many tubes and cases, and may contain various colors or shapes. Some of the more common forms of fireworks include skyrockets, aerial shells, and festival balls. These smaller versions are similar to larger fireworks, but differ in size and composition.


Fireworks produce various toxic chemicals and heavy metals, and the smoke from these devices can be inhaled. Sodium nitrate (yellow fireworks), copper chloride (blue), barium chloride (green), strontium carbonate (red), and calcium chloride are just a few of the chemicals that are present in fireworks. Moreover, these chemicals are small enough to enter the human body. The smoke from fireworks may worsen common health conditions such as asthma and allergies.


The Pyrotechnic Articles Regulations 2015 govern the legality of fireworks in Scotland, and the British Standards BS-EN 15947 and BS-EN 7114 apply to the use of fireworks in England and Wales. However, if you live in an area that is not covered by these regulations, you can follow the guidance below. To avoid violating the law, don’t use fireworks on your own property. It is illegal to buy or sell fireworks without the necessary licenses or permits.

Artwork uses

Explosionionism is one style of art that makes use of fireworks. Lakeland-based artist Drew Lausman dips fireworks in paint and then sets them off, creating art with them. Here are some examples of such works. Listed below are a few examples of work utilizing fireworks. Hopefully they’ll inspire you to create your own. Just be sure to use caution when attempting to use fireworks as art. It can be dangerous!

Clubs for hobbyists

If you’ve always loved fireworks but were afraid to use them in public, you may want to join a club dedicated to hobbyists. Clubs like the Western Pyrotechnics Association (WPA) were formed in 1992. Members of this organization include professional shooters, manufacturers, distributors, importers, and display company owners. Members meet twice a year at the Do-It by the River fireworks event in Nevada. Members of this group are mostly from California, Utah, and New Mexico.

Commercial-grade fireworks

While recreational fireworks are widely available, the vast majority are not commercial-grade. While they can be fun to watch, they are not safe for everyone. Those who are unable to follow safety guidelines should avoid using fireworks. For this reason, commercial-grade fireworks are banned in countries such as Chile, where the use of these devices is prohibited. Only certified firework companies are allowed to use them legally, and violators can be tried in military courts.