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Rockets are popular aerial-style fireworks that blast upward into the air and dazzle bystanders with special effects. Always a crowd-pleaser and affordable for everyone in the group to have a couple tries, rockets are a real blast! Why just tinker around with one, when you can get a whole pack of these fun projectiles for your next night-time party. Just remember to check your state and local regulations as they are not always legal in all parts of the country.

Once lit, the fuse on this fire work burns quickly into the core of the rocket where it ignites the pyrotechnic compounds within – typically gunpowder made of potassium nitrate, charcoal and sulfur. Once the core fills up with flames, the gunpowder is rapidly exposed, is burned and provides propulsion as the heating gases expand and escape through the rocket’s nozzle. The first sky rockets were made with a long bamboo (or wood) stick to give the rocket a low center of balance and more stability during flight. After the rocket reaches a peak and begins the downward arc, it will eventually land back on the ground. Some rockets are crafted with fins to help with stability although some feel that fins are an unnecessary addition that just adds extra drag.

Rockets are available in a range of colors, reports (bangs), flashes and other effects created with special pyrotechnic ingredients added to the gunpowder at manufacturing time.  These special effects are usually experienced after the rocket has burned all its gunpowder fuel and is near the top of its ascent. You can purchase packs of rockets that are all similar in nature or try out a variety of these fireworks to see which you like best.
Sky rockets in flight are a real delight!

History buffs will be interested to know that rockets are the oldest form of fireworks developed by the Chinese in the second century B.C. First created for religious events, these fire rockets were later modified in the Middle Ages and used as flaming arrows in battle. The invention and addition of gunpowder to rockets during this time period made them weapons that could be launched further than a long bow or cannon. In the late 1700s, an American army colonel named Congreve created rockets which could propel up to a four miles distance and his advances went down for all of posterity in the national anthem as “the rocket’s red glare.”