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Types of Fireworks Effects

Last week, we talked about the different types of fireworks so that you could get a better idea of what kind of fireworks to purchase in preparation for the 4th of July this year. Now, it’s time to move on to the different types of fireworks effects.

Let us know if we missed any, or be sure to tell us which are some of your favorites in the comments below!


Similar to delicate lace, brocade is a spider-like effect in the sky. Most brocade effects use silver glitter to produce the long tails and are brighter than the tiger or willow tail effect.


Usually resulting from a mortar or cake, chrysanthemums create flower-like aerial patterns in the sky.


Like a comet you’d see in the night sky, this fireworks effect leaves a long trail of sparks as it flies through the air like a star.


Usually forming a cross shape, crossette effects are a type of comet that breaks into multiple comets.

Dragon Eggs

Dragon eggs create a delayed crackle effect displayed in egg-shaped patterns.

Flying Fish

Flying fish effects create a swimming effect thanks to a type of fuse that propels itself through the air. This aerial effect looks like a swarm of objects squirming through the air that usually only lasts only a few seconds.

Palm Tree

The palm tree effect got its name because it resembles a gold or silver palm tree in the sky. This aerial effect produces a silver or gold stem as the shell rises into the sky (known as a rising tail), followed by a brocade (or willow effect) that creates palm fronds.


After reaching maximum height, pearl effects create bright balls of color that fly through the sky and eventually burn themselves out.


Most fireworks displays are created using peony effects. These aerial effects look like a spherical ball of colored lights in the sky.


The pistil effect is like a small peony inside a giant peony. It can be described as a ball of stars in the center of another ball of stars.

Rising Tail

Like the trunk of a tree, a rising tail is a silver or gold tail effect created when a shell is shot into the sky. Palm tree shells commonly use rising tails for their effects.


A blinking effect in the sky is known as a strobe. The strobe effect looks like shimmering water in the sky when used in a shell with hundreds of strobe stars. Strobes can be a variety of colors, including orange, blue, green, and white.


Tourbillon is another name for a serpent effect. Large quantities of gold, silver, or white light are emitted as a type of star spins in the sky in a tourbillon effect. Holes on each end of a small paper tube allow the firework to turn to create the tourbillon effect.


Creating a willow or waterfall effect, glowing embers fall slowly in the air with these firework displays.


A giant gold willow tree is created with the willow aerial effect in the sky. Delicate golden trails that hang in the sky for ten seconds or more should be seen in a true willow effect.

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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