Timeline: The History of Pyrotechnics
Today, fireworks are used in everything from backyard BBQs and New Year’s celebrations to Super Bowl parties and King’s coronations. Here's a look at their storied pastby Aubrey Blankenship | Published in July 2009 event savvy | fireworks | pyrotechnics | special effects | Departments
Since the Chinese invented them thousands of years ago to today, pyrotechnics have been drawing oohs and aahs from generations of event attendees. Here’s a brief synopsis of their history.*
It is believed that the first fireworks were created by the Chinese when they accidentally threw chunks of bamboo into a fire and they exploded.
Gunpowder fireworks are invented in China.
The Italians begin to develop fireworks such as aerial shells and bursts of gold and silver sparks.
Settlers bring fireworks to America.
Firework shows in England are no longer just for the wealthy and become huge displays available to the public.
First Independence Day celebration with fireworks, one year after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Colorful fireworks invented in Italy by pyrotechnicians, allowing reds, greens, blues and yellows to be shown.
Today, fireworks are used in everything from backyard BBQs and New Year’s celebrations to Super Bowl parties and King’s coronations.
*All dates are approximate