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For a moment the darkness is lighted

Didn't get enough fireworks on the Fourth? Got fogged out? US holidays irrelevant anyway? "長岡花火大会2012年2日間の総集編 Fireworks the most beautiful in the japan" is 30 minutes of HD fireworks from the Nagaoka fireworks festival, one of several fireworks festivals in Japan. It has two segments, one each from the first and second night of the fireworks. According to Japan Guide, "both nights feature two straight hours of fireworks...The show's finale covers nearly two kilometers of the riverbank and is the widest span of fireworks in the world." [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Jul 11, 2014 - 5 comments

It's as easy as that. Guess we better start movin' back now, huh?

The Redneck Rocket Launcher: 8,500 bottle rockets launched in just under a minute.
posted by shiu mai baby on Jul 9, 2014 - 32 comments

The case for banning fireworks

They're a threat to the environment and dangerous as hell. There's got to be a better way to celebrate.
Look, I’m an environmental reporter, and as such it is practically in my job description to be a killjoy. For this I am sorry. It’s not like I won’t personally be enjoying the fireworks over the East River — which at least can’t get any more polluted than it already is — but I won’t be able to do so without nagging self-admonishments about how fireworks are actually kind of stupid.… Now, as is my professional duty, I pass these nagging thoughts on to you.

posted by Lexica on Jul 6, 2014 - 102 comments

What could be more American than Drones+Fireworks?

Quadcopters filming while flying through/near fireworks. That is all. [more inside]
posted by Muddler on Jul 4, 2014 - 23 comments

Tales from a Fireworks Tent

Reddit user FredFltStn runs a fireworks tent. He has some stories: [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jul 4, 2014 - 18 comments

Light blooming ground flower, then back away

Every year, one of the founders of Panic, makers of fantastic Mac software, ventures forth to the dueling fireworks tents in Vancouver, WA to capture the very best/worst of fireworks packaging. The 2014 offering is now available. [more inside]
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit on Jul 4, 2014 - 40 comments

The 1812 Overture and fireworks, as American as ... waitaminute

Every Fourth of July, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture is heard all over the United States, timed to the burst of fireworks. How did this Russian composition, celebrating the Russian victory over the French in that War of 1812 (not the war between England and the US), become a staple of the United States' Independence Day celebrations? We can thank the Boston Pops. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 3, 2014 - 29 comments

Sky rockets in flight, afternoon delight

Daylight Firework Compilation from around the world, a very different display. If rain or hurricanes are putting a damper on your Independence Day pyrotechnics, check out Sergio Paolelli, Festival San Trifone - Adelfia 2013 for a spectacular 25 minute daylight show with a breathtaking finale. Also from Adelfia 2013, a grounds-eye view of the wild Batteria Sanseverese.
posted by madamjujujive on Jul 3, 2014 - 13 comments

Everyday exploration of chemical compounds

Compound Interest makes infographics [index] covering chemistry basics and the chemistry behind every day phenomena, like the aroma of books, cilantro, and cell phones. In time for the 4th of July, the chemistry behind fireworks: gunpowder and color. Over on tumblr, Compound Interest answers questions about chemistry, dispels myths (glowsticks, MSG), promotes science (bad science, the dose makes the poison ) and other... things. Compound Interest has also teamed up with the American Chemical Society to make videos (why does bacon smell so good?). [more inside]
posted by bobobox on Jul 3, 2014 - 8 comments

PowPOWPOWPOW!

Run away! Run away FARTHER! (SLYT) A malfunction at a fireworks show entertains the crowd.
posted by bitmage on Dec 24, 2013 - 20 comments

"smoke can add an element of interest to the shot."

To get you ready for Independence Day, National Geographic has provided some useful tips for photographing fireworks, complete with a pretty gallery.
posted by quin on Jul 3, 2013 - 17 comments

The Most Canadian Story Ever

Truck carrying fireworks hits moose on Trans-Canada Highway, shuts down road for 5.5 hours and lights up the sky. (pictures and video, driver and passenger unharmed.)
posted by The Whelk on Jun 8, 2013 - 61 comments

Penis Pan

So, you own a Penis Cake Pan, but the Bachelorette Party is over, I'm sure you're thinking, "What am I going to do with this penis pan?" Well, I'll show you! Here at Penis Pans.com, I've put together some examples of other cakes you can make with your penis pan.
posted by cmoj on Feb 4, 2013 - 73 comments

Unexploding

Fireworks in reverse. [slyt]
posted by OmieWise on Jan 8, 2013 - 13 comments

beautiful photos of fireworks, using long exposure

While attending the International Fireworks Show in Ottawa, Canada earlier this month photographer David Johnson had his camera in hand to document the night. When Spain’s entry into the competition begin he decided to try something a little different resulting in the photos you see here which are unlike any long exposure firework shots I’ve ever seen.
posted by nickyskye on Aug 28, 2012 - 34 comments

And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there

Last night at the Big Bay Boom Firework Show in San Diego, a technical glitch caused 18 minutes of choreographed fireworks to go off in about 15 seconds (and 5 minutes premature). The results were impressive. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Jul 5, 2012 - 67 comments

DIY rockets. Made of paper matches and tinfoil

Make your own rocket. All you need is a paper match, a pin, paperclip and tinfoil. [SLVimeo]
posted by hot_monster on Jul 2, 2012 - 41 comments

July 4 is coming up!

What happens when a fireworks factory catches on fire? This happened recently in Russia, but it's happened before in Germany and England and the Netherlands and Thailand and Dubai and Denmark. [more inside]
posted by twoleftfeet on Jun 15, 2012 - 34 comments

That blowed up real good

Six minutes of glorious stupidity captured in super slo-mo HD, courtesy of the Danish TV show Dumt & Farligt. (via Kottke)
posted by Horace Rumpole on Apr 18, 2012 - 94 comments

Afternoon delight

Mommy, what's it like to be a firework? [more inside]
posted by dersins on Jul 6, 2011 - 13 comments

Heart attacks from fireworks? Really?

First birds, then fish. between 4000-5000 blackbirds and an estimated 80-100,000 drum fish have turned up dead over the space of a few days around Beebe, Arkansas. [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Jan 3, 2011 - 67 comments

"...And the Rockets Red Glare, the Bombs Bursting in--well, the Void of Space, Actually..."

A Nuclear Fireworks Show over Hawaii: With the 4th of July approaching, what could be a more fitting tribute to the American spirit than this awesome pyrotechnical display seen over Hawaii in 1962, when America detonated a 1.45 megaton hydrogen bomb in outer space? Especially considering the circumstances. On the very same day that he announced the discovery of the massive radiation belt surrounding the Earth that now bears his name, American scientist James Van Allen joined the American military in planning a secret project (code named: "Starfish Prime") to see if they could destroy it. According to science historian James Fleming, this all-American project respresents "the first occasion I've ever discovered where someone discovered something and immediately decided to blow it up."
posted by saulgoodman on Jul 2, 2010 - 40 comments

Use Your Loved One on Your SATs!

8 Unconvential Ways to Be "Buried." We've all heard about strange practices surrounding the remains of the deceased, but even I (who am morbid to a fault) hadn't been aware of half of these.
posted by grapefruitmoon on Mar 10, 2010 - 61 comments

What an RC plane sees when you shoot fireworks at it.

Planes, fireworks, and....AC/DC! An expensive RC plane and a crapload of fireworks is a great way to spend a late afternoon. (SLGM)
posted by shockingbluamp on Dec 26, 2009 - 24 comments

Your face will not remain unrocked.

You may remember him from the old Portal of Evil and Fat Chicks in Party Hats days. Perhaps his article on homemade fireworks or his extensive collection of Hostess comic book ads taught you to laugh about love again. After a long absence from the internet, Seanbaby is back with, among other things, The Torture Debate As a Batman Comic. [more inside]
posted by rifflesby on May 28, 2009 - 39 comments

Don't try this at home kids.

Things that go boom and flash and make pretty colors. DIY fireworks. From the the relatively benign Roman Candle to the fifty foot tall Cremora Fireball. (via Neatorama) previous explosive goodies: Pyroboy, Crump and pyro page
posted by caddis on Mar 18, 2009 - 8 comments

Oooh!

Video of the destructive reentry into the atmosphere of the Automated Transfer Vehicle back from its trip to the ISS.
posted by Catfry on Sep 30, 2008 - 53 comments

Olympic fireworks digitally faked.

Olympic fireworks digitally faked. Giant, stomping footsteps were created by digital trickery. [more inside]
posted by Dave Faris on Aug 11, 2008 - 112 comments

Capturing Fireworks

How to Photograph Fireworks [more inside]
posted by Del Far on Jul 4, 2008 - 38 comments

With apologies to Mrs. B.J. Smegma of 13, The Cresent, Belmont.

Controlled Safety Test Fireworks Videos : 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
posted by Dave Faris on Mar 20, 2008 - 35 comments

Liberation Army Against Freedom!

Friends and foes, witness the true firepower of the Liberation Army Against Freedom. We have been amassing a fearsome arsenal, and soon the world will tremble at the Mother of All (Fireworks) Rockets. [more inside]
posted by adrianhon on Dec 25, 2007 - 12 comments

The Rockets Rouge Glare

In the South of France you'll find the fortified city of Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and a classic example of the medieval fortified city. Built upon the ruins of forts that predate Christianity, Carcassonne is one of the most photogenic places I've ever seen, never more so than on Bastille Day, when the city sets the night sky ablaze. A full gallery of Carcassonne fireworks can be found here.
posted by jonson on Aug 16, 2006 - 35 comments

Happy 5th!

5000, no, 20,000 --- wait 30,000... oh, what the hell.. 45,000 Bottle Rockets. (sorry, a day late) (youtube links)
posted by empath on Jul 5, 2006 - 33 comments

Pyro Boy

Don't try this at home.
Pyro Boy wraps himself in pyrotechnics and ignites them so you don't have to. Happy 4th.
posted by mecran01 on Jul 4, 2006 - 10 comments

Materials gone wild.

The (Mostly Improbable) Materials Science and Engineering of the Star Wars Universe; The Reel Thing: One Editor’s List of Great Material Moments in the Movies; Toy Story: Materials Engineering at Play, featuring an MPEG of Fluffy the three headed dog from Harry Potter barking thanks to Nanomuscle; Things that Go Boom in the Night: The Art and Science of Fireworks; Built to Battle, Robots Test Designers’ Mettle; Fabricating the Weapons and Armor of The Lord of the Rings; and, finally, Why Did the World Trade Center Collapse? Science, Engineering, and Speculation. All articles from the surprisingly interesting JOM: The Member Journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society.
posted by OmieWise on Jul 29, 2005 - 8 comments

FFFFFF!

Friday Flickr fireworks fun for the 4th!
posted by WolfDaddy on Jul 1, 2005 - 13 comments

pictures of rockets in muh pocket

How to photograph fireworks. Courtesy of the New York Institute of Photography.
posted by riffola on Jul 3, 2003 - 7 comments

Fireworks!

Larry Crump's Fireworks Pages. While searching for fireworks related sites, I came across this great site. I doubt you'll find a better resource for fireworks information. Mainly, I like looking at the pretty pictures. As Larry puts it, "Fireworks are an art form that use the night sky as the canvas." Sadly, Larry died exactly one year ago today. So, go check out his wonderful web site and maybe you can get some ideas for this weekend's July 4th celebration.
posted by fletchmuy on Jun 30, 2003 - 7 comments

Firecracker Packs

Crackerpacks is a library of over 400 (excellently named) firecracker labels available for you to enjoy.
posted by hama7 on Mar 18, 2003 - 13 comments

The Fourth of July means Fireworks History, Physics, and Technology

Bang! The 4th of July means fireworks and here in Seattle we are blessed with two shows. I'll be on a houseboat on Lake Union watching the one with the truly awesome Japanese fireworks. Japanese hanabi shells are spheres rather than the cylinders of American manufacture. For more fireworks linkage--and there is an incredible amount of it on the web--try Terry Dimock's Pyro Page--it's so incredibly comprehensive that, apart from American Fireworks News, The Physics of Coloured Fireworks and and Thinkquest's Fireworks, I won't bore you with any more here. But do remember this--fireworks and pets do not mix.
posted by y2karl on Jun 28, 2002 - 8 comments

Remember, remember the 5th of November

Remember, remember the 5th of November
Gunpowder treason and plot.
We see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
(where was the best fireworks display you've ever been to? have you ever burnt something important? and was Guy Falkes framed?)
posted by feelinglistless on Nov 5, 2001 - 20 comments

The Bush White House spent up to $250,000 on a fireworks show last night without publicizing it beforehand to keep the public away, according to Matt Drudge. (Check out the fireworks this is generating among a few surprisingly irate members of FreeRepublic.Com.)
posted by rcade on Sep 6, 2001 - 21 comments

Are fireworks more fun when you have been "drinking heavily"? I think so.
posted by donkeysuck on Jul 5, 2001 - 25 comments

If anyone scores under 50 on this,

If anyone scores under 50 on this, I wanna have a long talk with you. I need some education. (Damn. I scored 93. I never get to have any fun. Via CrackerJap.)
posted by Steven Den Beste on Jan 18, 2001 - 24 comments

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