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By Teresa Bigham/The Hesperian-Beacon—
Like many Independence Days before, this year’s celebrations will involve some sort of pyrotechnics display. Fireworks have been mesmerizing audiences across the globe for centuries. Below is a list of little-known fun facts about fireworks, according to The Fireworks Firm Ltd. website:
- The earliest documentations of fireworks dates back to the 7th
- China is the largest manufacturer and exporter of fireworks in the world. According to the Smithsonian Magazine, 90 percent of all fireworks are made in China.
- A sparkler burns at a temperature over 15 times the boiling point of water.
- The Guinness Book of World Records reports the largest firework display consisted of 66,326 fireworks. This display was in Portugal in 2006.
- A not so fun fact, half of all fireworks injuries are to children under the age of 16.
- Males account for 57 percent of fireworks injuries each year.
- Portugal also launched the largest rocket which was 8.75 feet long. It was launched in 2010.
- As early as 200 B.C. the Chinese were using fireworks to scare off mountain men, according to the Smithsonian magazine.
- Consumers spend about $662 million on fireworks each year.
- Walt Disney World buys more fireworks than any other company in the world.
Remember, fireworks are not for everyone. Please be mindful of your neighbors and military. Fireworks can also be dangerous. Last year 11,300 people across the U.S. reported some type of fireworks injury. One last final reminder, animals do not like the sounds of fireworks. The loud sounds scare them.