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Fireworks Color Chemistry

In our previous blog, where we talked about what makes a sparkler sparkle, we briefly discussed the colorant aspect of these fantastic fireworks that allow beautiful colors to be displayed while burning.

Similar to the chemical reactions in sparklers, even the larger firework displays require a perfect blend of chemicals to cause the sky to ignite in countless colors. Here are some of the chemical compounds used to create different colors in the sky.


Burning metal magnesium, aluminum, titanium.


White-hot magnesium and aluminum.


Incandescence of iron with coal and charcoal.


Sodium Salts NaNO3, NaAlF6, Na2C2O4.


Calcium Salts CaCl2, CaCO3, CaSO4.


Strontium Salts SrCO3, Sr(NO3)2, SrSO4.


Barium Salts Ba(NO3)2, BaCO3, BaCl2, BaCL03.


Copper salts CuCL, CuO, CuCO3.


Mixture of copper and strontium compounds.

Catch the Colors at Appalachia Jamboree!

Alley on Main in Paintsville, KY, is hosting its first-ever Appalachia Jamboree on May 21, 2022. This outdoor mini-festival will include all the festival fixings, including food trucks, drink vendors, and more, to complement a powerhouse musical lineup coming to Paintsville.

And, what’s a festival without a fireworks display? Come catch all of the best and brightest colors at the Appalachia Jamboree. Jerry Pelfrey Fireworks will be putting on a one-of-a-kind fireworks show at the end to cap it all off. This will be the highlight of the Eastern Kentucky Spring Fling and the best start to the summer. You won't want to miss it!

Let’s Spark Something!

With the 4th of July right around the corner, it’s time to start getting ready for your very own fireworks show. Thankfully, at Jerry Pelfrey Fireworks, we can help provide you with endless firework options.

Whether you’re looking for a private show or wholesale purchases for a firework business of your own, you’ve come to the right place. Jerry Pelfrey Fireworks is the largest independent fireworks business in Kentucky. Contact us today by calling 606-367-5569.

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