Over one million people watched 20 tons of fireworks blaze over Harbour Bridge in Sydney Australia. All year round, fireworks illuminate the night sky with countless spectacular effects in displays taking place worldwide.

The art of pyrotechnics is an ancient one, dating back to ancient China. However most of the effects seen in a typical display today are the results of what has now been centuries of skilled craftsmanship and development.

This site is designed to provide readers with an insight into the fascinating world of fireworks, taking the chemistry of fireworks as a focal point.

The development of colour, light, shape and construction will each be explored in turn; and it is the culmination of these four factors which illustrates the science that lies behind fireworks.