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Pyrotechnics is the science of materials capable of undergoing self-contained and self-sustained exothermic chemical reactions for the production of heat, light, gas, smoke and/or sound. Pyrotechnics include not only the manufacture of fireworks, but items such as safety matches, oxygen candles, explosive bolts and fasteners, and components of the automobile safety airbag.

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December 26, 2006
The World Pyro Olympics is an annual competition amongst the most prestigious fireworks companies in the world. The event is the largest and most intense international fireworks competition.

The World Pyro Olympics runs through a period of five consecutive days allowing locals and tourists alike to experience the greatest fireworks display in the world. Two countries fire each day; the last participant fires on the final evening of the event.

The host of the event does not participate in the competition but performs a fireworks display on the last night. Awards, such as the People’s Choice, are given out after the exhibition. The crowning of the World Pyro Olympics Champion ends the event.

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Pyrotechnics Stunt exhibition by "Giant Auto Rodéo" Ciney Belgium
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Pyrotechnics Stunt exhibition by "Giant Auto Rodéo" Ciney Belgium

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Copper(I) chloride
Copper(I) chloride is used in fireworks to create rich blue colours.

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Paul Marie Eugène Vieille (2 September 1854 – 14 January 1934) was a French chemist and the inventor of smokeless gunpowder in 1884.


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