Different Types of Fireworks

When choosing types of fireworks, consider how much space you have and your experience level. Keep in mind that you might not be able to use all of these firecrackers in your area. Consult with your local police department or look up the area laws. Here are the most common firecrackers you will see when you start shopping.

Firecrackers: The classics, these often come in strips and can be lit with one fuse. They are best known for the amount of noise they can create.

Fountains: These create sparks that flow up like fountains and spill on the ground.

MD-80s and Cherry Bombs: You may come across these fireworks in your search, but leave them alone, even if the seller swears up and down they are legal. These are actually illegal because they pack so much power.

Pinwheels: These feature sticks driven into the ground, with the firework spinning at the top of the stick.

Repeaters (aka Cakes): These are small tubes packed together. They can be lit by one fuse, which means you get a big show for minimal effort.

Rockets: As the name indicates, these launch into the air and then explode.

Roman Candles and Tubes: These fireworks launch from a tube and go high into the air.

Shells: Like rockets, these are fired into the air, but then they burst open in a pattern.

Snaps: These small firecrackers are thrown and make a snapping sound. Kids like these, though they shouldn't be allowed to throw them at each other and should be kept away from young kids, who might put them in their mouths.

Sparklers: These fireworks can be held by a stick, and they set off sparks. These seem as safe as snaps, but children can hold them too close, and the sparks might catch their clothing on fire. Kids love sparklers, but adults should be the ones holding them. If you are a sparkler fan, hold it away from your body.

No matter what you buy, check the firecracker packaging for a manufacturer name and a clear safety label. If you do not see these elements on the packaging, then you should not buy the firecrackers, no matter how safe they seem.

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