I was going to do a post about #Freedom and #Merica, but considering that my largest international viewer is the UK, I figured that would be in bad taste. So I composed this cute little list of random firework facts. You can use them in your novels or just read them, laugh and move on with your life. Either way...enjoy!
- Fireworks echo, gunshots do not
- Fireworks and animals do not mix. Horses will spook or run. (They aren't too fond of loud noises.) Dogs will bark or cower. Etc.
- Fireworks used to have just three ingredients: Saltpeter, sulfur, and charcoal.
- In 1830, the Italians first put color in fireworks.
- Americans have been celebrating their independence with fireworks since 1777 at least. Because we like things that go boom, apparently.
- In fact, in 1731, Officials in Rhode Island outlawed the use of fireworks for mischievous ends.
- And fireworks are illegal (for private citizens) in some U.S. States, so you should check that before putting it in a book.
- Also, if you need a good way to start a prairie fire, (which still happen in the Midwestern United States) just have some idiot shoot off a firework over a dry field of grass. (Basically all of Kansas)
- According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, (yes. That is a real thing) American's purchased 163,6 million pounds of fireworks last year. And that's not counting firework displays, which used an additional 23.1 MILLION pounds.
- Queen Elizabeth (the first) of England invented the title "Fire Master of England," for who ever built the best fireworks.
So now you know.
Please excuse me know. I have to go take my pet bald eagle, Patriot, out for exercise before I go to the BBQ and Tea Dumping Ceremony.