Firework rockets always draw a crowd; both to take part in the lighting and to view the neat thing take of into the sky and explode. These aerial-style fireworks are fantastic for a large backyard party as they are affordable enough for everyone to have a few shots. When you send off fireworks rockets for your next special event such as the Fourth of July or New Year’s Eve, make sure to grab a whole pack of these pretty cool projectiles to keep the fun going. But, before you start lighting the fuse, check with your local government to see what the laws are about using fireworks rockets in your area.
If you are wondering you these pyrotechnic elements work, it’s rocket science! Once the fuse is lit, fire moves quickly into the rocket’s core where it then ignites the important chemicals laying in wait – usually gunpowder made of potassium nitrate, charcoal and sulfur. Once the core fills with flames, the gunpowder burns away and provides lift-off the rocket thanks to heating gases which expand and escape through the firework rockets nozzle.
Some of the first fireworks rockets were made in ancient China. Crafted from bamboo sticks and kitchen chemicals common to the day, these “sky rockets” or “flaming arrows” changed many of the hand-to-hand methods of combat. During the American Revolution, an army colonel named Congreve created rockets which could propel up to a four miles distance and his advances went down for all of posterity in the national anthem as “the rocket’s red glare.” We’ve even heard a story about an Empress from some ancient Chinese Dynasty that was attacked with fireworks rockets that had a live rat strapped on. If you’d rather not add a rat to your rocket, we certainly understand. However, some firework fans do like to add fins to the rocket to provide stability and flight in the air. However, when you add fins to a fireworks rocket it technically becomes a missile.
Fireworks rockets are available in a rainbow array of vibrant colors, noises, flashes and other special pyrotechnic effects. Typically, the audience will notice any added effects once the rocket has burned all its gunpowder fuel and is near the top of the ascent. Fireworks rockets in flight are a real delight and you can find them in many places from roadside stands to online fireworks stores. Have a blast!