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Gorgeous Photos Capture Smoke Bombs and Pyrotechnics As They Explode

We all know how it feels. A flame hits the fuse, and sparks spray into the cool night-time air. Your jaw goes slack and your eyes wide when you hear the boom and smell the smoke. Well, this is how that feeling looks. Read More >>

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These Slo-Mo Ornament Explosions Are Like Christmas Fireworks

The 5th of November is great, but every holiday is improved by explosions. Every. Holiday. And slow motion? Even better. So here, for your post-Yuletide pleasure, are some Christmas baubles blowing up in festive slow-mo. Read More >>

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It Only Takes 200 Sparklers For a Blinding Inferno of Festive Fun

On the grand spectrum of fireworks ranked by awesomeness, sparklers are pretty far towards the "lame" end, just slightly cooler than black snakes. But what if you have a few hundred of them going off all at once? It's a little more impressive. Read More >>

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A Perfectly Timed Bolt of Lightning Makes Fireworks Even More Awesome

There's something to be said for dropping the cameras and just watching fireworks, but for Redditor AJ192, watching the pyrotechnic show through a viewfinder really paid off. Taken at an explosive celebration in New Mexico, it's definitely a one in a million shot. What a beautiful way to get lucky. [Reddit via Laughing Squid] Read More >>

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DIY Fireworks Instructions Were Ridiculously Unsafe in the 1920s

Every year, our Yank cousins celebrate Independence Day by doing what they do best: blowing stuff up and eating large amounts of red meat. Fireworks haven't always come from a Chinese factory, though; back in the 1920s, DIY fireworks were all the rage. And the instructions were utterly, totally insane. Read More >>

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10 Gorgeous Fireworks Displays to Make You Oooh and Ahhh

Today, no celebration around the world is complete without shockingly expensive displays involving thousands of kilos of potassium nitrate and sulphur. New Year, Christmas, the Olympics, hell, we spend more on fireworks than the actual event sometimes. Here are 10 of the best from around planet Earth. Read More >>

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Fireworks Truck Explodes, Takes Out Massive Bridge in Most Festive Tragedy Ever

A horrible thing has happened today in China's Henan Province. A truck loaded to the gills with fireworks — intended for the country's upcoming Lunar New Year celebration — fired off its wares on a busy highway, leading to six minutes of the most brightly lit, celebratory destruction in recent memory. Read More >>

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Slow Motion and Explosives Make Painting a Blast

If you want a colourful explosion, you can get your hands on some fancy, professional fireworks, sure. Or, you can take the easy way out and blow up a couple of buckets of paint. You'll be like a Jackson Pollock with a case of M-80s. The Slow Mo Guys went with that second option, and the results are modern art you can get behind. Read More >>

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How To Set Off New Years Fireworks Without Losing a Hand

Every occasion is a good occasion for fireworks—The 4th of July, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Guy Fawkes Day, Chinese New Year, your birthday, your anniversary, a home run, a goal, graduation, Tuesday... Unfortunately, such an abundance of occasions also resulted in more than 8,000 fireworks-related injuries in 2011. Four of them fatal. Here's how to properly handle your celebratory explosives without hosting the after party in the ER. Read More >>

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All Fireworks Should Look as Spectacular as This

We've all seen pictures of fireworks before, but never have they looked this amazing. Captured by refocusing, the photographer shot during a long exposure, meaning the explosions are almost 3D in appearance. They look as much like sea urchins made of clay as they do pyrotechnics, don't you think? Read More >>

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Why Aren't All Fireworks As Awesome As This One?

Check out this amazingly fun firework. It's actually a flying vehicle powered by fireworks that propel it up in a spiral of fire. It apparently uses different stages, until the final one explodes in a ball of light. Read More >>

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This Is What It Looks Like When a Whole City's Fireworks All Go Off At Once

It was the 4th of July yesterday, which is some kind of massive party in the US normally celebrated with fireworks, apparently. Someone cocked-up in San Diego though, meaning that the city's 15-minute long set was over in one big 30-second bang. Read More >>

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This Is How Not to Set Off Fireworks

Over in the US, they're busy blowing shit up, because hey! It's July 4! Independence Day! And blowing stuff up is acceptable any day of the year, right? Just as long as you're not doing what the idiots in the above clip are doing. Read More >>

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Make Mini-Rockets With Odds and Ends From Your Desk

It's only a few months away from Guy Fawkes Night, which means lots of big, bright, sulfur-y booms. Even if you're not planning on checking out a full-fledged fireworks display, you can still make your own little rockets using items you probably have lying around your house. Read More >>

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Where the Different Colours of Fireworks Actually Come From

If you want to scientifically impress your friends (or look like a hoity toity smartypants), you can tell them what the color of fireworks really mean. See that explosion of electric white? That's white-hot metal flakes. Gorgeous red array? Strontium Carbonate. It's all about the chemicals, baby. Read More >>

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Exploding 40,000 Rockets at Once Is as Loud and Wonderful as You'd Think It Would Be

Artist Cai Guo-Qiang must have been one of those kids that loved to play with matches. And after surviving what we assume was a dangerous childhood, he has since embraced fire and explosions as an artform. Including this latest 'performance' involving 40,000 small rockets blasting off a wall. Read More >>

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