Fireworks have long been one of the world's favorite ways to celebrate a special event, and this documentary takes a look at the past, present, and future of the art of pyrotechnics. Nova: Fireworks! examines how the Chinese first developed explosive displays in order to ward off unfriendly spirits, and follows the story to the present day, as several modern masters of the art of fireworks display the latest innovations, including computer-controlled triggering systems which can create displays with a new level of precision. This documentary was produced as part of the award-winning science series Nova, where it first aired in 2002.
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