I love whomever thought of sparklers, they are a rite of passage for kids in the summer! I have such fond memories of childhood summers at the beach and my dad allowing us our own special fireworks “just like the big kids.” We’d stand in the sand, with the surf just barely kissing our toes, while dad would hand me and my brother a long sparkler. We were bursting with excitement, but tried our best to contain squealing and jumping up and down, mainly because of the semi-stern look on Dad’s face. We didn’t want the sparkler privilege revoked because we were being too wiggly or too wild. Sparkler-ing was serious business.
I always imagined my sparkler to be a glittering magic wand, as if I was in some fairy tale where I was a magic princess. Naturally, my brother’s sparkler was always wielded in the fashion of a sword or gun. Ahh, but we had fun, despite the differences. Our father would light the sparklers with his punk and tell us to keep our fingers down low on the stick and not to wave the sparkler around our face, hair or clothes – or anyone else’s for that matter. My brother had a harder time understanding that safety mandate!
I’m a parent now myself, and my kids are pretty much grown. But when they were younger, we enjoyed these entry-level fireworks during summer camping trips to the lake or river. I think the fascination with sparklers is that all the “action” is right there in your hand rather than just watching fireworks exploding in the sky while sitting faraway on a blanket.
Sparklers are available in a variety of styles, but all spew off a fountain of sparks and crackling noise from the burning tip, moving downward toward the handle. Sparklers can be fashioned a couple ways, with the core either being a wooden stick or a thick metal wire. Extra caution must be observed with wire core sparklers as the middle can become dangerously hot with temperatures in excess of 1000 degrees. Sparklers with a wooden core completely burn away as the sparks move down the stick, when the sparks and crackles are done, all that remains are a bit of handle. Wood cores lessen the chance for accidental skin burns. However, the smoldering ashes falling from the tip can burn, so keep an eye on where they are falling. Both types of sparklers can be used safely with proper handling and adult supervision.
The most popular picks for sparkler colors are silver or gold. Those who prefer bright colors can find sparklers in a rainbow assortment of hues such as red, green and blue or even multi-color. Occasionally you can find a fancy sparkler that change colors as it moves through the burning process. As with other fireworks, the colors of sparklers area dictated by the types of chemicals and elements that are mixed in with the powder. For example, copper chloride produces blue and sodium nitrate produces yellow.
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