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Brought to You By… Fireworks

By / Jul 1, 2013

In sometimes surprising ways, associations play direct and indirect roles in bringing the products, services, and activities of daily life to people around the world. Including fireworks.

American Pyrotechnics Association: Happy Fourth of July! What better way to celebrate America’s Independence Day than with a salute to fireworks. According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, which promotes fireworks safety and regulation, Americans consumed roughly 234 million pounds of pyrotechnics in 2011.

American Chemical Society: Ever wonder what creates those beautiful colors during a fireworks show? It’s a matter of chemistry. Different chemical combinations, when heated to high temperatures, dispose of the extra energy by emitting wavelengths of light, which appear as colors. Just ask a scientist at the American Chemical Society.

National Cotton Council of America: Anyone interested in manufacturing fireworks may want to get in touch with the National Cotton Council of America. Synthetic materials in clothing can create sparks and detonate fireworks, so those manufacturing pyrotechnic shells should be sure to invest in 100-percent-cotton attire, right down to their underwear.

Katie Bascuas

Katie Bascuas is associate editor of Associations Now. More »

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