Song Dynasty and Fireworks

Topics: Song Dynasty, Fireworks, Gunpowder Pages: 1 (422 words) Published: May 28, 2013
“Wow!” Goes the Crowd
It was a warm day, but now it starting to get darker and a little cold. You don’t mind the weather because you can’t wait for the Fourth of July fireworks to appear and blow your mind away. It is so quiet you could hear the anxiousness of the people around the splashes of the beach. The announcer shouts, “Ten minutes for the fireworks!” You take a seat in your beach chair and you could feel the sand running down your legs and onto your feet in your warm boots you changed into. You cover yourself into your cozy, soft, magenta blanket and end up taking a short nap until they appear. Finally, “BOOM!” one firework blows up into a big open red flower. You instantly wake up. “BOOM!” goes another, “BOOM!” one after the other, after the other. The reflection of the fireworks appears on the ocean and lights the blue, low-tide waves into a purple-y orange color. Fireworks maybe a little scary, but you have to admit that watching them on Fourth of July is one of the best moments ever. Have you ever wondered where they came from? Were they invented as an accident? Who was able to create such beautiful, loud, bright things? In my short essay, you will find all of amazing facts about fireworks so you can show-off your knowledge to your family and friends! Fireworks have been around longer than gunpowder. The earliest fireworks known are dated all the way back from 7th century in China! They were very popular during 960-1279, the Song Dynasty. They were sold in almost every market, especially during special Chinese, cultural celebrations. Since fireworks were such a big deal during festivals and carnivals in China, pyro technicians were well-respected for the knowledge of techniques on the grand displays. Emperor Lizong of Song was amused and astonished by the beautiful fireworks that were put up for him in 1110 by his people. The fireworks were originally built using bamboo! “How?” you ask. Researchers say that the...
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