5 Surprising Facts About America's Favorite Exploding Pastime

Firecrackers are essentially un-American, even though we associate them our most deeply patriotic celebration, the Fourth of July. The fact is that firecrackers are foreign-born novelties, and have been as long as Americans have lit them for a noisy salute to the nation's birth. As it turns out, firecracker history is… » 7/04/14 2:00pm 7/04/14 2:00pm

Where the Different Colors of Fireworks Actually Come From

If you want to scientifically impress your friends tomorrow (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. » 7/03/12 5:20pm 7/03/12 5:20pm