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Fireworks are classified as a low explosive pyrotechnic and used for aesthetic, historical, religious, and entertainment purposes.  They were originally invented in China  during the Song Dynasty (960–1279) and were thought to scare away evil spirits.  The first of which is predominantly thought to be the predecessor of the firecracker, which was was a type of heated bamboo, used as early as 200 BC, that exploded when heated continuously.  After the invention of gunpowder, gunpowder firecrackers had a shape that resembled bamboo and produced a similar sound, so the name “exploding bamboo” was retained.

Consumer pyrotechnics

Consumer pyrotechnics (fireworks available at the common fireworks stand being the primary example) are devices readily available for purchase by the public, usually with no special licensing or training.  These items are generally considered low hazard pyrotechnic devices but, like all pyrotechnics, can still be hazardous and should be stored, handled and used appropriately.

Proximate pyrotechnics

Explosions, flashes, smoke, flames, fireworks or other pyrotechnic driven effects used in the entertainment industry are referred to as proximate pyrotechnics.  In most jurisdictions, special training and licensing must be obtained from local authorities to legally prepare and use such.


The National Fire Protection Association would like to remind everyone that consumer grade fireworks can be dangerous on a variety of matters.  You can download their Fireworks Safety Tips here.


Statistics of fireworks injuries
Fireworks injuries statistics. Courtesy of NFPA.

To find the best places to watch live fireworks displays in your area, you can try the following methods:

Local Event Listings: Check local event listings or community websites, including city/town websites, event calendars, or online forums. These platforms often provide information about upcoming fireworks displays, including the date, time, and location.

Social Media: Follow local organizations, event organizers, or official social media accounts of your city or town. They often announce and promote upcoming fireworks displays on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Local News Outlets: Keep an eye on local news outlets, such as newspapers, television stations, or radio stations. They typically share information about community events, including fireworks displays, especially around holidays like Independence Day, New Year’s Eve, or local festivals.

City or Town Websites: Visit the official website of your city or town. Many municipalities have dedicated sections for community events or recreation, where they provide details about upcoming fireworks displays, including recommended viewing locations.

Ask Local Residents: Engage with your community by asking local residents or friends about any known fireworks displays in your area. They may have insights or recommendations based on their previous experiences.

Fireworks Display Websites: Some websites specialize in aggregating information about fireworks displays worldwide. Examples include Fireworks in the U.S. (fireworksintheus.com) and Fireworks Finder (fireworksfinder.com). These platforms allow you to search for displays by location and provide details about upcoming events.

Voted Best Fireworks Videos Below:

Conventional Fireworks Shows

Fireworks Shows and Displays

Nagaoka Fireworks Festival is one of the most popular and famous fireworks festivals in Japan. There are many large scale displays, including 90cm (36 inches) diameter shells. The “Phoenix” display is undoubtedly the highlight of this festival. Viewers tend to love the Phoenix because it reflects a prayer for successful reconstruction of the damage caused by the Niigata Chuuetsu earthquake in 2004, the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, and other Japanese disasters. It is also a prayer for world peace and a wish to convert all world bombs into fireworks shells.

Aqua Geo Graphic — Akagawa Fireworks Festival

These are highlights of the 29th Akagawa Fireworks Festival which was held on Aug 17th 2019 at the Akagawa riverbed in Tsuruoka city, Yamagata, Japan. Akagawa Fireworks Festival is famous to many Japanese people for artistic musical fireworks shows. In this perfect location for the fireworks display, amazingly beautiful fireworks were exploded in the sky synchronized to pop and rock music.

Japan… …once again hard to beat with their fireworks shows!


A great show over a waterfront in Japan!

Millions of visitors/ tourists/ residents gathered to see one of the most anticipated shows in the UAE and the world. Bringing back by popular demand Burj Khalifa firework display for New Year’s Eve 2019 celebration. The tallest building in the world illuminated like never before and showed the world just how big Dubai goes. Thank you to the developer Emaar and Sheikh Mohammed for putting up an amazing show!

Sydney, Australia put on an extravagant New Year’s Eve fireworks show to mark the start of 2023, and for the first time featured a rainbow waterfall off the iconic Harbour Bridge. The show included 7,000 effects that fired from 184 positions on the bridge, with 2,000 fireworks launched from the Sydney Opera House and others launched from pontoons and four city rooftops. The rainbow-coloured extravaganza included gold crackling and green glitter willow shells, with colours including aquamarine and magenta exploding into the night sky.

Drones as Fireworks

The following are drones used as light displays.  Can drones be used as the new fireworks show? Many exhibitors are attempting just that!

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Top 10 most attractive drone light shows in the world are here. Humans have created many things to satisfy the human desire to touch the sky or fly. The drone is one of these inventions. At present, the night sky is illuminated by drones in different countries of the world. In today’s episode, we take a look at the top 10 drone shows in the world that have mesmerized us.

Intel dazzled its Folsom audience on July 15, 2018 with a spectacular light show designed to feature 1,500 drones, in an effort to outdo its previous world record of 1,218 Intel Shooting Star drones. The performance displayed multicolored choreography including bright, fireworks-like orbs. A single pilot mans the entire fleet of light-emitting remotely controlled machines.

Artificial Fireworks

Fake Fireworks using AI, CGI, and other computer generated images.  Still yet another attempt at the dazzling and imitated effects of authentic fireworks…

KING 5 Evening rang in 2021 in Seattle with “New Year’s at the Needle.” The show featured a first-ever virtual display from the Space Needle. The virtual display, which a Seattle-based entrepreneur helped develop, used sky-mapping technology and video footage to create a digital artistic presentation.

Selection and Handling ~ How-To

DIY in selection and handling of consumer fireworks.

The “jargon” you’ll need to be a pyro viewing x-pert!

This is a very basic overview of the different types of consumer, backyard fireworks you can purchase. Your first time buying can be very overwhelming, so I hope to help with some of the terminology and differences in the most popular home fireworks. These are all considered 1.4g fireworks, these can be bought at any of the big firework retailers. If you have any questions just let me know in the comments below. Also let me know what kind of videos you want to see moving forward! I plan on posting a lot of videos from reviews, to stash updates, to safety tips.

In this video, CodyBPyrotechnics teaches  you the strategy for buying fireworks on a budget, and how to ultimately get MORE for LESS. 



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