Don’t you love sparklers? It’s one of the most fun fireworks to play with, and it’s gained popular use at weddings, anniversary and birthday celebrations. What is it about sparklers that make it so mesmerizing? Today, we’re sharing the origin of sparklers and facts that give this firework its extra sparkle.
The Origin of Sparklers
It’s not certain, but the earliest record of something related to a sparkler was in 670 A.D. created by a man named Callinicos of Helcopolis. It was a handheld firework, similar to a roman candle, and called a “cheirosiphon.” Today, a sparkler is the firework we love to watch emit colorful flames from its metal stick.
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- Depending on the length and color, sparklers burn at a temperature between 1800 degrees to 3000 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Speaking of color…the color of the sparkling is determined by its chemical components. Aluminum gives off a light yellow glow, iron gives it a red glow, titanium gives it a silver glow and ferrotitanium gives it a golden glow.
- Have you “drawn” an image or words with a sparkler? There’s a name for it! It’s called the sparkler’s trail effect, and it’s an application of the optical illusion, persistence of vision.
- The longest sparkler available is 36 inches and burns for over three minutes.
- According to Guinness World Records, the most sparklers lit simultaneously at a single venue were 1,414 sparklers in Osaka, Japan. That’s a lot of sparklers!
- Sparklers were found to be responsible for 16 percent of firework-related injuries, so remember to practice safety any time you’re around sparklers.
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