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There isn’t a celebration on Earth that won’t benefit from fireworks. Whether it’s an Olympic ceremony or a relative’s birthday party, fireworks can transform the drab into the thrilling.

Most of us have, at some point, enjoyed a firework display. But how much do you really know about them?

Here we’re going to look at six things you didn’t know about fireworks.

They don’t explode

Contrary to popular belief, fireworks are designed not to explode. Instead, they are made to burn slowly, over a longer period of time. This means that you, the viewer, can watch the show longer, and it’ll cover a larger area of the sky.

The chemical formula for them was created by accident

It’s thought that at some point during the 10th century the Chinese began creating fireworks with gunpowder. Some even believe that the inventors came across a chemical formula for gunpowder when trying to create an elixir of life.

They were brought to Europe in the 13th century

Marco Polo, the explorer is usually the man associated with bringing fireworks over to Europe. Others think that they were found in Saddlebags of returning 12th century crusaders.

No polyester clothes allowed!

In firework factories you aren’t allowed to wear polyester. The static from it can ignite the fireworks. All workers must wear cotton.

The world’s largest consumer of Fireworks is…

… The Walt Disney Company. Disney land hosts a monumental display every single night. That’s a serious amount of fireworks.

They can pollute

Although they look great, there is a downside to a firework display – they pollute. They introduce heavy metals like sulphur-coal compounds into local bodies of water, and they can disrupt local wildlife. The airborne pollutants can also affect humans.

Here at Balloon Works we offer an all year round firework service, and can supply all types. Whether you’re looking for entertainment at your garden party, or you want a large scale show, we can help. We deliver fireworks to most London postcodes too.

To learn more you can contact us on our website here.