Make Colored Smoke Bombs On Your Own!

Although you can easily buy smoke bombs from one of several fireworks stores, if you want to make them on your own, here is how you can do it.

To make colored smoke bombs, you will need saltpetre or potassium nitrate (KNO3) and table sugar or sucrose. Now mix Potassium Nitrate and table sugar. In the presence of heat, Potassium Nitrate reacts with appropriate quantities of sugar to produce a slow combustion process with little flame and plenty of smoke.

If you want to produce more smoke, you may use brown sugar.

It is advisable to grind and refine the ingredients separately as too much refining can cause the mixture to ignite before the bomb is prepared. When they have a fine enough consistency, mix water to form a paste-like substance.

Now make lumps out of this paste and leave it to dry for about a day in a well secured, cool and dry room. When the bomb mass becomes clayish, you can use it.

For making colored smoke bomb, you may add a pinch of sodium bicarbonate to the solution that you had prepared. You may also add some organic dyes in to the mixture.

Your colored smoke bombs are ready!


Things you must know when buying fireworks online

Buying fireworks undoubtedly is easy and convenient. Plus, it allows one to enjoy discounts that are not available at local fireworks stores. But there are certain things that you must know when shopping for fireworks online.

First, you must ensure that the online fireworks manufacturer or distributor is licensed to sell fireworks. Selling fireworks without having license to do the same is considered illegal. By buying fireworks from such a manufacturer, you may also be considered guilty and may have to pay fine.

Then you must check the delivery terms and conditions. Make sure that the online fireworks supplier promises to deliver the fireworks quickly and at the address mentioned by you. There are some online fireworks stores that deliver fireworks in certain areas only. You must also check the delivery charges. Look for sites that deliver fireworks for free.

Yet another thing that you must check out is the security guaranteed by the online fireworks website. The website must be safe and secure and should ensure that no fraudulent activities would take place. You must have a safe and enjoyable shopping experience.

Interesting facts about Chinese Sky lanterns

Chinese sky lanterns are popular not only in China, but in many other countries across the world. They are considered to be a vital part of the fireworks displays and are mostly used at birthdays, weddings, anniversary celebrations, corporate events, and other special occasions.

Sky lanterns were originally used in China for military purposes. Later they became popular with children at carnivals. Today, the sky lanterns are being used increasingly at Chinese Mid-Autumn and Lantern festivals.

They are called as Kongming lanterns in China. Some however call them sky candles and fire balloons too.

Sky lanterns are normally made from oiled rice paper put on a bamboo frame, with a small candle or fuel cell composed of a waxy flammable material inside.

On being lit, the flame works to heat up the air inside the lantern, which causes it to rise up into the air and float gently until the flame dies out.

In Taiwan, there is a popular annual Lantern Festival where hundreds of sky lanterns are released. In Northern Thailand they have a festival called “Yi Peng” where multitude of sky lanterns is released into the sky.

Sky lanterns are also gaining popularity in the West on special occasions such as at weddings, New Years Eve and Halloween.

Sky lanterns are considered to be a symbol of good luck and hope and are used at happy occasions to bring happiness into one’s life in most parts of the world.

Points To Keep In Mind When Creating Your Own Fireworks Display

It can be fun to create a fireworks display at your birthday party or wedding anniversary or may be Christmas party. But there are a few points that you must keep in mind to ensure that the fireworks display is safe, legal, and within your budget.

Safety should be your utmost priority. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher and a hose available at your home. It is also a good idea to have a bucket of water nearby. Make sure that there is proper distance between the place where the fireworks will be lit and where people would be standing or sitting. Non-flammable surface such as a cement drive way is ideal for launching the fireworks. If there are any tree limbs and wires in the vicinity, be careful as it can cause a serious accident.

There are specific laws for putting up the fireworks display. Before buying any fireworks, check out which fireworks you can light and which you can not. Do not ignore local laws and regulations because ignoring them can cost you hefty fines.

Putting up your fireworks display is going to cost you money, but with little research you can save your money. You can check out with the local dealers as well as with the online fireworks distributors if they have any special discounts for New Year’s and other special occasions. You may also ask friends and family if they know of any place for buying discount fireworks.

Keep the above points in mind to make the most out of your fireworks display.