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Bytesize Science Presents. The Chemistry of Fireworks

From the sizzle of the fuse to the boom and burst of colours - a new American Chemical Society (ACS) video brings you all of the exciting sights and sounds of Fourth of July fireworks.

The Chemistry of Fireworks, part of the ACS Holiday Video Series, illustrates in brilliant high-definition detail how the familiar rockets and other neat products that light up the night sky all represent chemistry in action. The video, released today, features a demonstration by fireworks expert John A. Conkling, Ph.D., Washington College, Chestertown, Md., author of The Chemistry of Pyrotechnics, Basic Principles and Theory.

The video was produced by the ACS Office of Public Affairs and takes a close look at the components of fireworks, including time fuses, fuel and bursting charges, and explains how the vibrant colours are generated.

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