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Do You Know The Real Names For These Types Of Firework?

You see all those big fancy effects every Guy Fawkes' Night but do you actually know their names?

  1. 1. What is this kind of firework called?

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    It's called a "brocade".

    It involves a ball of sparks expanding before a final, bright burst of sparks, each leaving trails as they fall to the ground.

  2. 2. What is this kind of firework called?

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    It's a "Dragon's Egg".

    A modern firework featuring lots of crackling, strobing effects.

  3. 3. What is this kind of firework called?

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    It's a "Tourbillon".

    Notable for its spiralling ascent.

  4. 4. What is this kind of firework called?

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    It's a "Comet".

    It's fired from a mortar and leaves a shimmering trail behind it. Several are often launched to explode close together, to create overlapping bursts.

  5. 5. What is this kind of firework called?

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    It's a "Willow".

    Like the weeping willow, see?

  6. 6. What is this kind of firework called?

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    It's a "Crossette".

    Notable for its intricate, overlapping lines, made by several projectiles fired out of the main shell as it bursts.

  7. 7. What is this kind of firework called?

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    It's a "Peony".

    It has a rounded air burst effect.

  8. 8. What is this kind of firework called?

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    It's a "Fish".

    They're a relatively quiet firework that come in lots of different colours. They're often launched in bursts.

  9. 9. What is this kind of firework called?

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    It's a "Chrysanthemum".

    Pretty much the classic firework effect: concentric spheres of sparks in a symmetrical burst.

  10. 10. What is this kind of firework called?

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    It's a "Palm".

    Because it looks a bit like a palm tree, obviously.

  11. 11. What is this kind of firework called?

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    It's a "Pistil".

    Which is the sticky-up bit in the middle of a flower. It's a bit like a Chrysanthemum, but with an extra, central burst.

  12. 12. What is this kind of firework called?

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    It's a "Strobe".

    It's designed to mimic the rapid flickering of strobe lighting, by launching stars out of its main shell which brighten and dim in a rapid sequence.

Images courtesy of Galactic Fireworks.

Tom Chivers is a science writer for BuzzFeed and is based in London.

Contact Tom Chivers at tom.chivers@buzzfeed.com.

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