Fireworks Facts

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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.

The word for firework in Japanese, 'hanabi', which actually means “fire-flower".

The earliest documentation of fireworks dates back to 7th century China. They were invented more than 2000 years ago in China.

In 1240 the Arabs acquired knowledge of gunpowder. A Syrian named Hasan al-Rammah wrote of fireworks using terms that suggested he derived his knowledge from Chinese sources.

China is the largest manufacturer and exporter of fireworks in the world. 90% of all fireworks originate from here.

The first recorded fireworks in England were at the wedding of King Henry VII in 1486.

Queen Elizabeth was so fascinated with fireworks that she created an honorary title, "Fire Master of England" for the individual who created the best fireworks. The fireworks were used to accompany many festivities, scare off evil spirits and promote prosperity.

The first fireworks were only orange and white. In the Middle Ages new colors were achieved by adding different salts. The hardest color to create is blue.

Sparklers can be used to make funny pictures. All you need is a totally dark setting, a sparkler to draw with and a camera recording a long exposure.

A string of firecrackers that went on and on lasting 22 hours marked the New Years day celebrations in Hong Kong in 1996.

Three sparklers burning together generate the same heat as a blow-torch.

Sparklers can burn at a very high temperature, well over the boiling point of water.

Disney World has more than 1,000 fireworks shows every year.