It seems likely that what really wows an audience at a Fourth of July extravaganza is the artistic creativity of the pyrotechnicians shooting elaborate starburts into the nighttime sky. In this interactive activity from NOVA, test your ability to identify the different shell types that commonly feature in firework displays. First, associate the shapes with their names using the pictures provided. Then, watch each of the six short video clips. Afterwards, compare your guesses by linking to a list of answers.
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