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    17 Things You Probably Never Knew About Fireworks

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    1. The Walt Disney Company is the largest consumer of fireworks in the world.

    2. Blue is by far the hardest color to produce.

    3. And all of the different fireworks shapes have their own names.

    4. Fireworks were invented before weapons, and actually led to the invention of gunpowder and explosives.

    5. The first-ever fireworks in the US were set off by none other than John Smith.

    6. Americans have been setting off fireworks to celebrate their independence since at least 1777.

    7. You can thank an organization called The Society for the Suppression of Unnecessary Noise for all of our fireworks laws and regulations.

    8. And to this day, three states completely ban all consumer fireworks.

    9. Still, US consumers spent a whopping $825 million on fireworks in 2016.

    10. If you're scared of fireworks, you have kovtapyroergasoiphobia.

    11. Queen Elizabeth I and King James II were really into fireworks.

    12. In 1934, explorer Richard Byrd did a ‘lil frozen Fourth of July celebration at his base in Antartica, which he called Little America.

    13. Sparklers are way hotter than you probably think they are.

    14. The deadliest fireworks-related accident in history happened on May 30, 1770, right after Marie-Antoinette’s wedding to the future King Louis XVI.

    15. Unsurprisingly, the majority of fireworks injuries happen on hands and fingers.

    16. Women are more likely than men to get injured at public fireworks displays.

    17. The largest fireworks display ever had a mind-boggling 810,904 fireworks.