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 -
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 -
makes infographics [index
] covering chemistry basics
and the chemistry behind every day phenomena, like the aroma of books
, and cell phones
. In time for the 4th of July, the chemistry behind fireworks: gunpowder
Over on tumblr
, Compound Interest answers questions about chemistry
, dispels myths (glowsticks
), 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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
is a library of over 400 (excellently named) firecracker labels available
for you to enjoy.
posted by hama7
on Mar 18, 2003 -
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 -