Are fireworks bad for the environment?
Fireworks can unleash a shower of toxins into soil and water, and scientists are only beginning to figure out what that means for human health.
Solar fireworks for Fourth of July
A medium-strength solar flare occurred in the early morning of July 3. The flare will not affect the electrical grid, as it is known to do, because it did not erupt towards the Earth.
How do fireworks work?
Containing different chemical elements and precisely positioned components, these colorful displays are a lot more than meets the eye.
How to light fireworks at home, without getting dead
OK, so it’s a funny title, but it’s really no laughing matter. Fireworks are fun and iconic and beautiful and thrilling and it’s undeniable that they’re culturally important to Americans around this time of year. So yay, fireworks! Independence!
But fireworks are also dangerous, in a very real way. Thousands and thousands of people are injured every year (more than 9,600 individuals from June 2010 to July 2011) with casualties including major burns, loss of fingers and limbs, and even decapitation. Read more.
5 surprising facts about fireworks
The biggest display ever took place in Portugal in December 2006 with at least 66,326 individual fireworks launched.
Here’s what you can do if fireworks drive your poor pooch under the bed (or into your lap) in terror.
Spectators in Elysian Park in downtown Los Angeles watch fireworks on July 4 as they are launched into the air and explode over Dodger Stadium.