Monday, March 15, 2021

Where Colors of Fireworks Come From

Have you ever wondered where the colors of fireworks come from? Wonder no more because we have provided you with a comprehensive list of the elements needed to create specific colors in fireworks.

To start with, the colors of fireworks depend on added compounds to the black powder. A specific compound creates a particular color. It's then up to the manufacturer to choose the color effect that a firework aims to create.

Below is a list of the common colors used in fireworks and the compounds that give off a specific hue.

1. Red

- this color is achieved by mixing either strontium or lithium salts to the gunpowder. Strontium gives off a bright shade of red while lithium a fainter one.

2. Gold

- want a golden glow in your fireworks? Mixing iron, charcoal or lampblack will produce a golden light.

3. Blue

- producing this color needs compounds such copper compounds combined with a chlorine producer, and copper acetoarsenite.

4. Purple

- had enough with the common colors? Mix strontium (the compound that produces red) and copper (compound that produces blue) and you have yourself a purple flash of light.

5. Silver

- if you want to imitate the color of lightning, add either aluminum, titanium or magnesium to the mix and you will have silver.

There are other compounds added to regular gunpowder to produce different-colored fireworks. The ones listed above, however, are the most common.

Keep in mind though that you shouldn't try mixing them with gunpowder by yourself, unless you are guided by a professional or a professional yourself. Mishandling fireworks can be potentially dangerous.