Have yourself a blasting New Year’s Eve (2017)

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Sunday, 31 December 2017

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Today fireworks will colour the world’s skies. You will probably cheer and toast to the New Year when the first rockets hit the horizon. Nevertheless, if you need a conversation starter, you can always tell your date about the origin of fireworks.

Chinese vs. Bengali
It’s a subject of discussion which culture invented fireworks; the Chinese or the Bengali. Bengali people used saltpetre (potassium nitrate, firework’s main ingredient) when salting their food. An existing theory on how fireworks were invented, is that one of the Bengali people spilled some salt in a fire. After seeing the effect, they decided to develop the saltpetre into the very first fireworks.

Evil spirits
However, without a doubt, the first major users of fireworks were the Chinese. The earliest documentation that proves the use of fireworks dates back to the 7th century. In China it was mostly used to expel evil spirits. It was supposed to bring the Chinese luck and happiness. Fireworks was also used in military battles. Since then, fireworks have changed a lot. When gunpowder was invented and used in the process, fireworks became much stronger. Most fireworks is still fabricated in China.

360 trivial fact
Disneyland experimented with the commercial use of firework launched with compressed air, instead of gunpowder. It produced less fumes and had a greater accuracy. The company uses fireworks as grand finale of their shows. The Walt Disney Company is therefore the largest consumer of fireworks in the US.



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