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Fireworks Fun!

3 July 2013
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In July 1776, John Adams had the following to say about the importance of America’s Independence Day:

 

I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival… … It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, andilluminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

 

From the very first 4th of July in 1777, fireworks made of black ash were shot off and we have only gotten bigger, brighter, and louder ever since. Test your fireworks knowledge by matching the terms below:

 

1.      Firecrackers                 A.  Versions include Jumping Jacks and Blooming Flowers

 

2.      Smoke Bombs              B.  Cone-shaped device that shoots colorful sparks

 

3.      Fountains                    C.  Black Cats, M-80, and Lady Fingers

 

4.      Ground Spinners          D.  Shots from device with a crackle, flash, or explosion

 

5.      Aerial Repeaters         E.  Whistle while taking off and explode at peak height

 

6.      Roman Candles           F.  Tubes bundled together to form a “cake” looking device

 

7.      Bottle Rockets             G.  Don’t generally explode, but does emit a variety of colors

 

Fireworks are a lot of fun, but they must be used legally and safely. Know the laws in your city and state before lighting up. Additionally, adhere to these guidelines to ensure all have a safe holiday:

 

  • Don’t mix fireworks and alcohol
  • Always have water handy
  • Don’t try to re-light duds
  • Keep fireworks away from home, dry grass, and trees
  • Don’t shoot off fireworks in glass or metal containers
  • Don’t light fireworks in your hand
  • If children are setting off fireworks, always have adult supervision
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Answers:

1-c, 2-g, 3-b, 4-a, 5-f, 6-d, 7-e

 




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