Igniting 10,000 sparklers at once was a cute way to ring in the new year, but assembling 100,000 sparklers into a tower and adding fire is probably as close as one could get to building an artificial working volcano.
Today in “amazing ideas the internet had” we bring you an experiment that is without a doubt the best way to celebrate the end of 2015 tonight, and an even better way to usher in 2016. One sparkler is fun, but 10,000 igniting at the same time? That’s a science experiment you have to see.
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.
Who needs the Bat-Signal? Especially when a Canon EOS 7D, a cheapo fireworks sparkler, and a little long exposure trickeration can give you something much, much cooler.
While prepping for our nation's independence, we came across this excellent explanation as to how most basic fireworks function. The clip takes about a minute of your time and will imbue you with impressive knowledge for this July 4th. [HowStuffWorks]