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Why do you see fireworks before hearing them? Plus other facts about Bonfire Night

With Bonfire Night approaching the Fire Service is urging people to celebrate safely.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service say the highest number of injuries happen at private firework parties.

“It’s important to be educated about the dangers of bonfires and fireworks so you can celebrate safely. We encourage people to attend organised bonfires and fireworks displays instead of holding your own party as organised events are much safer plus more enjoyable for the whole family."

– Head of Risk Reduction, Glynn Luznyj
  • A sparkler reaches a temperature of up to 2,000 degrees Celsius - that's 20 times the boiling point of water.
  • Sparklers get five times hotter than cooking oil.
  • A rocket can reach 150 miles an hour.
  • A firework shell can go as high as 200 metres.
  • Three sparklers burning together generate the same heat as a blow-torch.
  • Why do you see the explosion before hearing it? The sound travels at 742 mph but light travels 670,616,625.6 mph.

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