Science Explainer: Fireworks
posted by Amy
We're slowly coming to around here, after a hectic 4th of July. Living in a 1950s suburb, as I do, means a whole lotta celebrating happens. This year, there was a 9 a.m. Little League game held just so a dad who has been in Iraq since September could watch his eight-year-old son play baseball. Then there was the kids' bike, trike, and wagon parade and carnival down at the local park, not to mention the block parties and spur-of-the-moment baseball played by parents. (There was also a fun run and a classic car parade, just in case anyone was getting bored.)
But the grand finale is always, of course, the fireworks. We're lucky enough to have front row seats to the annual fireworks at the state fairgrounds across the river from our neighborhood. Between those and the street fireworks the little boys masquerading as fathers put on for us all last night, we definitely got our fill.
If your kids are asking you questions you can't answer about yesterday's pyrotechnics, Janet has the info you need.