Fireworks are pyrotechnic wonders used to light up the sky over many festivals. Commonly, a firework show consists of four primary effects: noise, light, smoke, and floating materials. They may also be designed to burn with colored flames and sparks, including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and silver. Fireworks were originally invented in China, and now they are commonly seen in cultural festivities such as the Lunar New Year and also New Year’s Day, where fireworks erupt all over the world to bring in the new year.
Currently, the largest firework on record is a 1,270 kilograms monster, launched in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, for the city’s annual winter festival in early February 2020. It’s far bigger than the previous record-holder, a one-ton firework launched on New Year’s Day in the United Arab Emirates back in 2018. These giants dwarf the first fireworks made in China hundreds of years ago, although the principles behind their functioning are the same.
However, there are always safety concerns behind fireworks. Improper use can injure careless operators or bystanders, and the loud noise can terrify animals, both domestic or wild, into hurting themselves in their panic to run away. Further concerns are on hand for these record-breaking monsters, because their size is comparable to bombs used by the military, with the associated effects and safety hazards, requiring correctly trained operators.