A Firecracker Primer

FIRECRACKERS

Firecrackers may be small in size, but they pack a loud pop. Technically, a firecracker is a small explosive designed with one primarily goal in mind – making a loud bang.  The incidental the thrill of lighting the fuse, the smell of smoke and the quick flash of light are all just added pleasures for the firecracker aficionado! 

Firecrackers are sold in a range of different formats to suit the needs of the customer. Often the fuses are braided together and the resulting strings are sold in packs or bricks. “Bricks” will contain individual “packs” of crackers.  Common sizes are 80/16’s or 20/100’s. A brick of 80/16’s will contain 80 packs with 16 braided firecrackers in each pack.  20/100’s will have 20 packs with 100 crackers in each.  Belts and rolls are also available for those folks who really want to bang it up. In quantities of 500, 1,000, 2,000, 4,000 and even rolls of 16,000 or more, you’ll be poppity-pop-pop-popping all night long if you light them one at a time – but the traditional Chinese way to light these long strings is to hang them high and light them from the bottom of the string. Children who are old enough to be participating in the fun, should always be under the supervision of an adult.

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