Cross-Sections of Fireworks Show the Part of the Boom You Never See

Cross-Sections of Fireworks Show the Part of the Boom You Never See

As you bide your time until darkness falls tomorrow night, here's something to keep your mind occupied: Photographer Andrew Waits slices open popular firecrackers and shows us what's inside. Read more on Gizmodo's photography blog, Reframe.

Cross Section Views of Firecrackers Are As Cool As their Explosions

As a kid, you couldn't care less about what was inside the firecrackers that your parents wouldn't let you play with. All you cared about… Read…

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Original post by Michael Hession on Reframe

Cross Section Views of Firecrackers Are As Cool As their Explosions

Cross Section Views of Firecrackers Are As Cool As their Explosions

As a kid, you couldn't care less about what was inside the firecrackers that your parents wouldn't let you play with. All you cared about was BOOM. But the chemical mixtures inside those colorful capsules are fascinating to look upon, as proven by the photographs of Andrew Waits.

The series is entitled Boom City, which references an annual fireworks depot outside of Seattle where vendors sell their wares on the Tulalip Indian Reservation. The reservation is not subject to state law, so the selection of fireworks at Boom City is unusually extensive. Waits' gorgeous cross sections of some of the items available at Boom City are only the start of a larger project documenting the location.

Cross Section Views of Firecrackers Are As Cool As their Explosions

Flying Colour Butterflies Rocket

Cross Section Views of Firecrackers Are As Cool As their Explosions

Lightning Flash

Cross Section Views of Firecrackers Are As Cool As their Explosions

Pop-Its

Cross Section Views of Firecrackers Are As Cool As their Explosions

Orange Ammo Smoke

Cross Section Views of Firecrackers Are As Cool As their Explosions

Ground Bloom Flower

Cross Section Views of Firecrackers Are As Cool As their Explosions

World Class Clay Color Smoke Balls

Cross Section Views of Firecrackers Are As Cool As their Explosions

Moon Travelers Bottle Rocket

Cross Section Views of Firecrackers Are As Cool As their Explosions

Blue Thunder Roman Candle

Cross Section Views of Firecrackers Are As Cool As their Explosions

Mighty Cracker

Check out more of Andrew Waits' photography on his website. [Feature Shoot]

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