Roman Candles

Roman candles are a popular type of fireworks made from long, cylinder-shaped tubes that blast out pyrotechnic effects high into the air – the sparkles and sounds, oh my! . A hands-down favorite choice in consumer fireworks, these fireworks are sure to add a spark of excitement to your next celebration. Your next Fourth of July jubilee, New Year’s Eve countdown or beach party bonfire will be extra memorable with a collection of Roman candles to light up.

It is interesting to note that while we use Roman candles for celebrations today, they received their name from an awful and morbid time in history. Historians report that the Roman emperor, Nero, who ruled from 54 to 68 C.E, persecuted Christians by tying them to the poles in his elaborate garden. And, when they would not recant their belief in Jesus Christ, they would be drenched with flammable oils and then lit on fire for his personal amusement as well of that of the visiting guests and gawkers.

Made from the chemical compound of bentonite, a lifting charge, pyrotechnic stars, black powder and a delay charge, Roman candles can pack a real punch, so be careful. When ignited from the top, the fuse burns slowly until it descends down the tube to the first star. When the first star is lit, it is projected up and out of the tube with the extreme force of a bullet. This reaction causes the fire to be spread further downward into the tube thus ignite the delay powder level. Once the next layer of delay powder is burned through, the fire will release the next star and so on until the last star is fired.

Roman candles come in a wide range of pyrotechnic effects that offer variety in color, noise and special effects. You can find Roman candles with fun still such as crackles, tails, changing colors and more. It is common for Roman candles to be outfitted with 10 stars (shots) per firework although there are some candles that offer other quantities. Depending on your need, you can purchase Roman candles individually, in assortments, in packs or even by the case.

Always follow safety precautions when shooting off your fireworks. People think that it is safe to fire up Roman candles when holding them --- no!  Not only are you risking human error, there could also be a manufacturing problem or other damage that causes the Roman candle to misfire.  If the stars get compressed inside the tube because the stick is bent, they may blow out through the side of the tube. This is way you should always use a special tube to hold your Roman candles or stick them into ground and secure with sand and / or rocks.

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