Buying Fireworks Online? 3 Details in the Description That Help Describe How the Fireworks Will Look

Posted on: 30 January 2017


Studies show that 45% of Americans planned on celebrating Independence Day with fireworks or at a community celebration. If this happens to appeal to you, you'll likely find the fireworks you need online. Unfortunately, not all online retailers provide detailed descriptions in regards to how the fireworks will look and sound like after being set off. If the store doesn't provide sellers with a visual on how the fireworks will look like, you can get a good idea of what you'll be getting by looking for these descriptions.

The Specific Mixture of Chemicals or Metals

Not all retailers will tell you exactly what the colors of the different fireworks may be; however, they will almost always provide some details, as to the type of chemicals or metals that are present in each firework. Fortunately, you can use this information to determine what the fireworks will look like, as the mixture of chemicals and metals that are packed with the fireworks will ultimately decide which colors you see.

For example, if the firework contains chemicals and metals like aluminum, magnesium or titanium powder, the fireworks will most likely be silver in color. On the other hand, if the fireworks contain chemicals and metals like copper chloride or copper compounds, you can basically expect the fireworks to be blue in color. Familiarizing yourself with the type of colors that can be derived from which chemicals and metals can be very helpful.

The Intended Visual Effect

Depending on how the burst charge, shell, gunpowder and other inner mechanisms are structured, you can also expect to see different visual effects. For example, if the fireworks claim to provide a fountain-like effect, you can basically expect it to let out a shower of colorful sparks. The packaging might also provide additional information regarding the amount of layers that can be expected.

Fireworks that are known as comets are basically named that because they emit a single projectile. On the other hand, if you read something like crossette on the packaging, then you can basically expect to see a set of stars that will later branch out and split into four or five stars, as they make their way to the ground.

Keep in mind that some of these displays can be more elaborate than others by involving more than one color of sparks or by involving several different layers, with each layer being set off by the layer above it.  

The Use of Noise-Related Effects

Although most people watch fireworks for their visual display, some people enjoy the type and amount of noise that is emitted by the fireworks. The packaging of the fireworks should provide some insight, as to whether any noise-related effects are included. Bangs are probably the most popular noise effect, and will basically sound like thunder. On the other hand, if the packaging specifies that you should expect crackling, then you can basically expect the firework to snap, crackle and pop once it has been ignited.

If you are going to be setting off fireworks in the vicinity of small children or pets, you should really consider purchasing fireworks that make minimal noise. Small children and pets can become easily scared by loud noises.

Some online retailers are not very detailed or descriptive in regards to how the fireworks will look like once they are set off. This is why it is important to familiarize yourself with some common jargon and terminology related to fireworks, so that you know exactly what to expect and so you have a good idea of what you're buying through various online fireworks stores and suppliers.