Rockets fireworks are a literal blast! Not only do they soar up into the sky and cause a multi-sensory experience with flashes of light in a rainbow of color, but fireworks can make a lot of sound as well! In fact, may firework enthusiasts like the sound of the explosion even more than the visual effects. Making noise with fireworks sound is an awesome way to celebrate the Fourth of July, New Year’s Ever, or some other special event that everyone needs to hear about.
The popping sound that firecrackers make is really what started the whole explosion of fireworks around the world. Long ago in ancient China, kitchen chemicals were packed away inside a hollow piece of bamboo – and, when thrown into the fire, the bystanders got a big, loud surprise. The chemicals in combination with the saps of the bamboo, made a crackling, hissing and popping noise that no one expected. This quite-by-accident invention of fireworks sound was used from then on out to make a loud din that would hopefully scare off evil spirits and ghosts. By the time the Victorian age rolled around, fireworks and the welcomed racket they cause was a form of entertainment enjoyed both by aristocracy and the masses.
The noise that a pyrotechnic item makes is called the “report.” The report that fireworks sound can range from the bang-bang-bang of standard firecrackers to the loud whistling of the Killer Bees, a cake repeater. Other fireworks sound include booming, buzzing, hissing, crackling, humming and more! Sometimes, as in firecrackers, the whole point of the experience is hearing the noise and smelling the smoke. Other times, it is combined with visual entertainment as well.
All fireworks including those fireworks sound items must be purchased, shot off and stored under the laws in your State and local jurisdiction. Some places have noise-nuisance ordinances where you aren’t allowed to make a certain level of noise after a certain time – or at all. Another issue to consider when making a racket is your pet. If you have pets, it is a good idea to bring them indoors or confine them to a kennel outside where they’ll feel safe and secure during displays where fireworks noise is excessive. Animals tend to be frightened during times of loud noise and may run away, so best to be safe than sorry.