Remember, remember the 5th November! It’s bonfire night again, and we are looking forward to getting outside with the children to enjoy our local Firework display. We hope you are too.
While you are wrapped up warm and toasty, enjoying the atmosphere and waiting for the display to start, amaze your friends and family with our 10 interesting and lesser-known facts about fireworks.
1. The earliest fireworks were invented more than 2000 years ago in China, back in the 7th century.
2. The first recorded fireworks in England were at the wedding of King Henry VII in 1486.
3. Fireworks were originally used to accompany many festivities, as well as to scare off evil spirits and promote prosperity.
4. The largest firework rocket is 13kg and was produced and launched in Portugal in 2010. It was launched by Associaçao Nacional de Empresas de Produtos Explosivos (Portugal) at the 12th International Symposium on Fireworks in Oporto and Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, on 13 October 2010.
The firework rocket contained 33 motors (compared to an average of 4 for a standard firework rocket). The weight of a standard rocket is approximately 500g.
The firework rocket measured 7 m in length and the diameter of the rocket head measured 63 cm. When launched the rocket reached an altitude of 98.37 m
5. A sparkler burns at a temperature over 15 times the boiling point of water. Three sparklers burning together generate the same heat as a blowtorch. When your sparkler goes out, put it in a bucket of water
6. A record breaking 56,000 firework rockets were launched simultaneously in a spectacular opening to the Plymouth, UK Fireworks Championships by Scientist Roy Lowry.
7. The record for the largest firework display consisted of 66,326 fireworks and was achieved in Portugal in 2006.
8. A string of firecrackers that went on and on lasting 22 hours marked the New Years day celebrations in Hong Kong in 1996.
9. Dreaming about fireworks means that you like to be the centre of attention and are showing off to others. It also symbolizes enthusiasm and exhilaration.
10. The largest chocolate firework was measuring 3m high and 1.5m in diameter and containing 60kg of Swiss Cailler chocolates. The firework was released in Zurich on New Year’s Eve 2002.
The largest chocolate firework was made by Nestlé, measuring 3 m (9.8 ft) high and 1.5 m (4.9 ft) in diameter. The firework was released at the Hechtplatz, Zürich, Switzerland on 31 December 2002. When it was lit, it exploded releasing 60 kg (132 lb) of Swiss Cailler chocolates.
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