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    A Brief History of Fireworks

    By Scot M. Sidener | June 30, 2016

    As early as 200 B.C., the Chinese began roasting bamboo to ward off evil. Bamboo pops noisily when heated due to its hollow air pockets. Between 600 and 900 A.D., Chinese alchemists mixed saltpeter, charcoal, sulfur and other ingredients, yielding an early form of gunpowder, which produced an even louder bang. Soon, paper tubes replaced... Read More