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Here's your chance to sponsor a shell and help make this the best fireworks
display ever seen. By sponsoring a shell you help insure that the Great
American Fireworks Festival will continue year after year. At the show
you'll be able to proudly wear your "I Bought A Boom" button or show your
friends your "I Bought A Boom" certificate. Both the button and the
certificate show the shell number, the type of shell and the song during
which it will be launched. You'll also know the time into the show, time
into the song and the amount of time it takes the shell to go from ignition
to its full glory.
There are two ways you can help:
TYPES OF FIREWORKS: There are 2 types of fireworks used in shows
PROPULSIVE CHARGE: Explosive charge made of black powder used to propel the pyrotechnic effect into the air.
ELECTRIC MATCH: A special device with coated leg wires (usually 2 meters) used to electrically ignite fireworks. When an electrical impulse is applied, the "match head" produces a burst or "spit" of fire, lighting the Propulsive Charge causing the fireworks item to ignite.
STAR: Small sphere or cylinder made of black powder and one or more chemicals. A predetermined color is emitted when a star is ignited depending on the types of chemicals included.
(example: copper=>blue, strontium=>red, etc.)
BURST CHARGE: Internal charge designed to detonate an aerial shell at or near the apex of its flight. The burst charge ignites the Stars producing both visual and sound effects.
TIME-FUSE: A fast burning material that allows a timed delay before igniting the Burst Charge of the pyrotechnic effect while airborne.
(Delay: 1-5 seconds)
SHELL: Rigid material that confines the pyrotechnic effects until they are ready to be detonated.
MORTAR: Tubes made from paper, steel and plastic (pvc or hdpe). Their inside diameter and length are determined by the size of the shell.