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The Quick 10: 10 Fireworks Effects to Watch For

Stacy Conradt
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Maybe I'm not a fireworks connoisseur, but I had no idea there were so many different types of effects and I definitely didn't know they had names. To me, their names are, "The Ones That Do That Shooty Thing," "The Ones That Scream" and "The Ones That Kind of Sparkle Out". Very technical. If you're like me, here's a mini-lesson for you "“ try to spot them at whatever fireworks display you attend this weekend. I don't usually do pictures with the Quick 10, but thought this post kind of warranted them.

10 Fireworks Effects to Watch For

1. Peony. 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".

2. Chrysanthemum. 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.

willow
willow /
waterfall
waterfall /

5. Fish. I love these too. 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.

spider
spider /
palm
palm /
cross
cross /
kamuro
kamuro /
rings
rings /

For more fireworks effects and help on spotting them, take this quiz on the PBS site. Oh, and for you Muppet enthusiasts from yesterday, don't worry - I will do a Muppet follow-up next week.

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