My daughter and I were driving home at night when she saw them. “Fireworks!” she exclaimed. And there they were, bursting over the fairgrounds. No matter how often I see them, it’s still exciting. Boom! Boom! Boom! Today’s recommendations are for everyone who just can’t get enough of those summertime fireworks.

National Council on Fireworks Safety5 stars

The National Council on Fireworks Safety has an excellent safety tip slide show on viewing and purchasing legal fireworks. For an animated, interactive safety lesson, click on Classroom, where you'll also find a printable safety quiz. Although details on local ordinances are not included, you can learn about your state fireworks laws by clicking on (non-surprisingly) State Laws. If you're in search of safety statistics ("Over the past 10 years, 30-33 percent of the injuries associated with fireworks have typically been caused by illegal explosives or homemade fireworks.") the council provides a dozen PDF documents on the topic.

Nova Online: Fireworks!5 stars

This PBS site is my educational pick of the day. Start your tour with Name That Shell, where you'll learn to differentiate a dahlia from a peony (we're not talking gardening here.) Next is Anatomy of a Firework, which explains each firework component from the lift charge (gunpowder to hurl the firework shell) to the breaks (separate cardboard containers of stars.) The site concludes with a fabulous interactive science lesson about combustion titled On Fire. A Teachers Guide for grades five through twelve is also included.

Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

20 Things You Never Knew About Fireworks

BrainPop: Fireworks

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Feldman, Barbara. "Fireworks!." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 3 Jul. 2002. Web. 1 Sep. 2015. < >.

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