The colors in fireworks are made by burning different elements obtained from minerals we mine.
Happy 4th of July from the Lowell Institute of Mineral Resources! From the gunpowder used to launch them, to the iron filings that make them sparkle, we wouldn’t have fireworks without mineral resources. If you want to know more about what minerals we use in fireworks and what those minerals do for us, visit https://www.americangeosciences.org/critical-issues/faq/what-minerals-are-used-fireworks
Minerals Make It is a video series where 3rd through 7th graders can explore how we use minerals in our daily lives and where we get those mineral from.
Learn more about minerals in our lives at https://minerals.arizona.edu/engagement.