5 explosive things you didn’t know about fireworks

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By: Donna Ruko | Dave Hanson | Meredith Witthar Posted: 9:53 PM, Jun 28, 2017

July 4th is almost here! Italian merchant and traveler, Marco Polo is believed to have brought fireworks over from China, to Europe, around the year 1295, starting its global spread. Donna Ruko has five more explosive things you didn't know about the sparkling invention!

1.  Made in China

China invented them and continues to produce about 90% of the world’s supply. It’s kind of ironic that we're using their fireworks to celebrate our Independence Day, while we try to be less dependent on them.

2.  Fireworks by Grucci

America's first family of fireworks, the Grucci’s, has been in the fireworks game since 1850, but not just for July 4. They've done seven straight presidential inaugurations, several Olympics, the statue of liberty centennial, and the largest fireworks display ever, on New Year’s Eve 2014 in Dubai. Almost half a million fireworks were set off over six minutes, lighting up 59 miles of beachfront. Talk about explosive!

3.  Sparklers

You hear a lot about being careful with fireworks, but it turns out those sparklers are one of the largest culprits for firework-related hospital visits. Probably because three sparklers put together, is as hot as a blowtorch!

4.  The Fabric of Our Lives

Workers in fireworks factories can only wear cotton clothing because the static electricity in synthetic clothes can cause a spark that will actually ignite an explosion. Hold your fire until the 4th!

5.  Massive Explosion

The largest single one ever was fired in Japan in 2014. The shell measured a whopping four feet in diameter, and exploded into a breathtaking rosette 2,624 foot wide.

That's five things you didn't know about fireworks; or what the Japanese call 'fire flower," and the Chinese call "fire drug."

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