How Fireworks Work

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

They’re the biggest- and loudest- part of America’s Independence Day celebrations: Fireworks! Anthony shows us how where they came from and what makes ’em go “BOOM!”

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How Fireworks Work

“If you have ever been to an aerial fireworks show at an amusement park, baseba­ll game, Fourth of July celebration or on New Year’s Eve, then you know that fireworks have a special and beautiful magic all their own — a good show is absolutely amazing.”

How Do Fireworks Work?

“From holidays like the Fourth of July to victories, fireworks mean celebration.”

History of Fireworks

“Many people associate fireworks with Independence Day, but their original use was in New Year’s celebrations.”

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Legend Shadow Mystic July 6, 2015 - 8:32 AM

ah the good old artillery shells! sucks in california. I remember once going up to a cheap TNT safe and sane firework tent and asking them for anything that goes up in the air and goes boom aaaannnnd I came out with a cheap ass fountain -_-

Randy Mccoy November 3, 2015 - 4:56 AM

thanks you helped give info for my 8th grade project

Jean Gamarra January 1, 2016 - 12:45 PM

for some reason I really like fireworks so I searched this up

Romelia Polly August 14, 2016 - 3:13 AM

I know more about surviving from ShepherdSurvives handbooks !

Ali Velasquez July 8, 2017 - 12:53 PM

irrelevant ass video

EarthMurph July 13, 2017 - 6:31 PM

The reason I'm here is because I saw a smiley face Firework this year!

Now I wasn't at an official observation point( part of the intended audience)

I was enjoying a clandestine viewing of a locally known event..

So I saw a perfect Smiley face(SF) firework during the performance..

What perplexes me is this:

Was that "SF" a 2 dimensional or 3D firework??

Did I happen to have the "perfect viewing angle"

Or Did it somehow produce a "SF" for observation in 360 deg. ????

My gut instinct tells me I was lucky to see it perfectly from my perspective..

So that would mean Viewers from perpendicular angles at the same viewing distance might have not noticed it at all? While others possibly directly on the opposite viewing side of mine would have seen it as well..? Idk but this has been bugging me about this..

Glad you mentioned the Smiley Face (SF) but you didn't give me what I really needed as an answer for this perplexing question..

My best guess is I was lucky to view it from my perspective. It has to be a 2d burst.. otherwise the 2 different colored eyes would be a jumble in a 3D model..

Hope that made since and hope no one else looses sleep over it! Haha

Filipe Borgas September 15, 2017 - 9:44 PM

Now i can lose my virgintiny

Jack M April 16, 2018 - 1:55 AM

This dude was on scam school with Brian. Brushwood

Abe Coulter June 23, 2018 - 2:45 PM

There is no gunpowder in fireworks. It's black powder. And stars are bigger than peas. Mork like the size of marbles

kyd_Cooley July 1, 2018 - 9:21 AM

Omg I didn’t learn shyt so many questions unanswered

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Mars Ghul September 18, 2018 - 7:32 PM

Niggas in the city

Jason Espinoza November 3, 2018 - 3:02 AM

Hi sabastion

Antatchi November 3, 2018 - 3:07 AM

I have nothing important to say here so here is a recipe for baba ganoush

3 medium Italian eggplants (about 2 pounds/900g total)
3 medium cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons (30ml) juice from 1 lemon, plus more as desired
3 tablespoons (45ml) tahini
1/3 cup (80ml) extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
Kosher salt

Directions
1.
If Using a Gas Burner or Grill (recommended): Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to medium heat and place eggplants directly over heat source. Cook, turning occasionally with tongs, until eggplants are completely tender and well charred on all sides, 30 to 40 minutes. Wrap with foil and let rest 15 minutes. Continue to step 3.

2.
If Using the Broiler: Adjust rack to 6 inches below broiler element and preheat broiler to high. Place eggplants on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Broil, turning occasionally, until charred on all sides and completely tender, about 1 hour. Eggplants should be very, very tender when cooked. Test near the stem and bottom ends; if a toothpick or skewer meets any resistance, continue cooking. Remove from oven and gather up foil, crimping it around the eggplants to form a sealed package. Let the eggplants rest for 15 minutes. Continue to step 3.

3.
Open foil package. Working with one eggplant at a time, use a sharp paring knife to slit each eggplant open lengthwise. Carefully scoop out soft flesh with a large spoon and transfer to a strainer set in a large bowl. Once all eggplant is scooped, pick out any stray bits of skin and blackened flesh and discard.

4.
Transfer eggplant to a salad spinner, distributing it evenly around the perimeter. Spin gently until all excess moisture is extracted. Discard all drippings, wipe out large bowl, and return eggplant to bowl.

5.
Add garlic and lemon juice to eggplant and stir vigorously with a fork until eggplant breaks down into a rough paste, about 1 1/2 minutes. Stirring constantly and vigorously, add tahini, followed by the olive oil in a thin, steady stream. The mixture should become pale and creamy. Stir in parsley and season to taste with salt, plus more lemon juice if desired.

6.
Transfer to a serving bowl, drizzle with olive oil, and serve with warm pita bread or vegetables for dipping. Baba ganoush can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Let baba ganoush warm to room temperature before serving.

Texties ! April 29, 2019 - 6:36 AM

Liberals don’t like fireworks…

Dr.Rubbertoe July 5, 2019 - 9:38 PM

Yes I am obsessed with fireworks.

اللؤلؤه البيضاء July 7, 2019 - 3:16 AM

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김tjdry July 7, 2019 - 9:14 PM

이? 씹할!!! 이게~
뭐~라-고?🦍🦍개씹

Adam Soverg July 8, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Как вы относитесь комне, также и я отношусь к вам!

Jeremy Hinken July 3, 2020 - 11:34 PM

https://youtu.be/j0T_59k6s1s

Search the world's largest fireworks. It's annually in Japan and is spectacular!

Cody Deforest July 4, 2020 - 8:32 AM

I wish this was more in depth on a chemical and engineering level. Such as what chemicals change the colours and how shell design impacts the shape. Like cross sectional patterns etc.

tarun bharti July 4, 2020 - 1:26 PM

Hey thank you today is my birthday 😊

Kumar July 4, 2020 - 1:28 PM

"oooo" "ahhhh" i perceived it differently

C4Oc July 4, 2020 - 4:33 PM

How is this video 7 years old, only has 150K views, yet barely even has 250 comments?

Bully Boy July 4, 2020 - 9:38 PM

Happy 4th of July!

Nathan Wilson July 5, 2020 - 2:47 AM

As a family with occasionally questionable pyrotechnic behaviors, my family always puts on a big show for Independence Day. Happy 4th! Stay well out there this year everybody, and Jesus Christ be with you friends.😊

bobby Davis July 5, 2020 - 10:55 AM

Best first sentence ever lol!!!!!

KaosNinja117 July 6, 2020 - 9:34 PM

Whoa. Didn't realize this was such an old video so I was confused as to why Anthony from the Star Wars show is on this channel.

Itz_hannah234 September 3, 2020 - 1:27 AM

School work 😒

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