They’re not actually called “The Ones That Do That Shooty Thing,” “The Ones That Scream” and “The Ones That Kind of Sparkle Out.” Though those are all very technical, there are even more technical names for the sparkly effects of your favorite fireworks. Here’s a mini-lesson for you — try to spot them at whatever fireworks display you attend this Fourth of July weekend.
This one is apparently the most common, so your chances of spotting it in the skies this weekend are pretty good. It’s “a spherical break of colored stars.”
This is a variation of the Peony – the difference is that the stars leave a visible trail of sparks. To me, this looks like a fiber optic ball or those balls that you put your hand on to attract the current to at science museums and the life.
I love this one! It’s a lot like the Peony and its variations (the Chrysanthemum and the Dahlia), but it leaves trails of silver or gold stars that produce a weeping willow-ish outline.
It’s a compact little burst that falls down down, well, like a horsetail. You might also hear this one referred to as a Waterfall Shell.
The shell bursts and then you see little squiggles of light squirming away from the main burst. The effect looks like fish swimming away. Or sperm. Whatever.
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