If you're like us #Pyrosquad™ - and we're guessing that you are - then you've wondered to yourself, from time to time, how exactly the amazing colors in fireworks are possible? Sure, there are explosive elements involved for the booms and bangs, but what makes those radiant colors in Red Apple® fireworks shine so brightly?
Well, according to the USGS, there are a lot of mineral elements (such as barium, sodium and copper) that come into play. In fact, here the element and chemical composition laid out, directly from their website:
"Mineral elements provide the color in fireworks. Barium produces bright greens; strontium yields deep reds; copper produces blues; and sodium yields yellow. Other colors can be made by mixing elements: strontium and sodium produce brilliant orange; titanium, zirconium, and magnesium alloys make silvery white; copper and strontium make lavender. Gold sparks are produced by iron filings and small pieces of charcoal. Bright flashes and loud bangs come from aluminum powder."
Wow. That's a lot of information. But, honestly, it's kinda cool. When you know how the donuts are made, it makes the donut a little more special. And Red Apple® donuts (ahem... fireworks) are always special!
Thanks for taking the time to let us school you a little bit, folks. And enjoy the rest of your day!
Until next time, #Pyrosquad™!