Monday, June 30, 2014

The Chemistry Of Fireworks: Fourth Of July Science (Video)

The Fourth of July is just days away, and that means millions of Americans will soon enjoy eye-popping fireworks displays around the country. These dazzling light shows are actually carefully crafted chemical reactions. 

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This week's Reactions episode features John Conkling, Ph.D., the professor who literally wrote the book on pyrotechnics. In the video, Conkling explains the chemistry that creates those amazing fireworks displays.



From the sizzle of the fuse to the boom and burst of colors, this video brings you all of the exciting sights and sounds of Fourth of July fireworks, plus a little chemical know how. John A. Conkling, Ph.D., shows how the familiar rockets and other neat products that light up the night sky all represent chemistry in action.


Contacts and sources:
Michael Bernstein
American Chemical Society

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