Planning on watching fireworks for the 4th this weekend? Here’s some interesting fireworks facts!
Fireworks are fun and all…
*In 2007, U-S hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 98-hundred people for fireworks related injuries.
*Early fireworks were exploded for the sound until chemicals were added for color, starting in Italy in the 1830′s.
*Disney World has more than 1,000 fireworks shows every year.
*Sparklers can burn at a very high temperature, well over the boiling point of water.
*Children ages 5 to 14 are two and a half times more likely to get injured by fireworks than the general population.
*States with a complete ban on all consumer fireworks are: Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island
*Workers who make firecrackers have to be sure to wear an ensemble that is entirely cotton, lest static electricity generated by their clothing set off the fireworks.
*It is said that the first fireworks were made by the Chinese in the 800s. On the New Year, the Chinese would fill bamboo shoots with gunpowder and set them off. This was done to scare away evil spirits.
*Not only are fireworks a popular part of Independence Day tradition, but they are also key in the celebration of the U-K’s Guy Fawke’s Day, Bastille Day in France and New Years Eve worldwide.