How Fireworks Get Their colors

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Variety of Minerals

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  • Classroom Activities

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Science Buddies, Science Friday

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Have you ever watched a fireworks show and wondered how all the different colors -- amazing reds, yellows, oranges, blues, purples, greens, and more -- are made? The color, or colors, that a firework makes depends on what color-producing chemicals are in the firework. These chemicals are various metal salts that make different, specific colors as they are heated. In this science activity, you will yet to burn some metal salts at home to investigate what colors they make. Then, at the next fireworks show, you can impress friends and family with your knowledge of what may be causing some of the colors they see.

Publication Year: 

2014

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Is this tagged to NGSS by the organization?: 

No

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