10 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW about Fireworks!
11th April 2012
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  1. The first fireworks were made in China around 2,000 years ago.

  2. Coloured fireworks did not exist until the nineteenth century.

  3. The 1995 VJ Day commemoration was Britain’s biggest display within living memory. It used over 18 tonnes of fireworks and spanned two miles.

  4. The first recorded use of fireworks in Britain was at the wedding of the first Tudor king Henry VII in 1486.

  5. The first recorded fireworks in America were set off by an Englishman, Captain John Smith, the husband of Pocahontas.

  6. The record for the largest Catherine Wheel is 25.95 m (85 ft) in diameter. It was designed by the Newick Bonfire Society Ltd and fired for at least one revolution on 30 October 1999.

  7. Three sparklers burning together generate the same heat as a blowtorch.

  8. The world’s largest firework was set off at a festival in Japan in 1988. The shell weighed over half a tonne and the burst was over a kilometre across.

  9. Most firework accidents are caused at family back-garden displays closely followed by incidents in the street.

  10. Throwing a firework in a street or public place is a criminal offence, with a maximum fine of £5000.

Lastly, have fun & be safe!

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