Bytesize Science Presents: The Chemistry of Fireworks

From the sizzle of the fuse to the boom and burst of colors ––a new American Chemical Society (ACS) video brings you all of the exciting sights and sounds of Fourth of July fireworks.

Bytesize Science Presents: The Chemistry of Fireworks from ACS Pressroom on Vimeo.

The Chemistry of Fireworks, part of the ACS Holiday Video Series, illustrates in brilliant high-definition detail how the familiar rockets and other neat products that light up the night sky all represent chemistry in action. The video, released today, features a demonstration by fireworks expert John A. Conkling, Ph.D., Washington College, Chestertown, Md., author of The Chemistry of Pyrotechnics, Basic Principles and Theory.

The video was produced by the ACS Office of Public Affairs and takes a close look at the components of fireworks, including time fuses, fuel and bursting charges, and explains how the vibrant colors are generated.
HAPPY 4th of JULY - On 7/1/10 at 9:02 PM Katie Hunt said:
Katie Hunt's Gravatar Totally awesome chemistry of fireworks video! perfect timing. Happy 4th of July to all!
We're bursting with pride - On 7/7/10 at 1:29 PM Kay MacIntosh said:
Kay MacIntosh's Gravatar <div> What a great video--fun and informative! Thanks to the Bytesize Science team for showcasing Dr. Conkling and his passion for fireworks to the world. We here at Washington College are very proud of our association with him.  I am glad to be a new fan of Bytesize Science and am signing up for more! </div>
Great show! - On 7/11/10 at 12:32 AM Marjorie Merena said:
Marjorie Merena's Gravatar <div>…if  Mr. Norsworthy was this interesting! I might have learned something in Chemistry!</div>

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