A Close-Up Slow-Motion Look at the Chemistry of Sparklers for the Fourth of July

The American Chemical Society series Reactions took a close-up slow-motion look at the chemistry of sparklers for the Fourth of July. The video shows a sparkler in action while the narrator explains the different chemicals at work in the reaction.

Compound Interest created an infographic that shows the different chemicals used in sparklers as metallic fuels, oxidizers, binders, and colorants.

The Chemistry of Sparklers