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Interactive fireworks image: Oooh! Ahhhh!

The names of fireworks conjure up an image of great spectacle  –  you can imagine fizgigs, jumping jacks, and rockets filling the night sky and then disappearing almost as quickly as they arrived.

Many of the names are familiar, but some may be less so. How about Bengal lights and maroons? Who is the Catherine of Catherine wheel fame? What exactly is a Pharaoh’s serpent?

Hover over our interactive image and click through to firework-themed entries to learn more about some of the customs surrounding Bonfire Night, and to discover the origins of some of the more creatively named fireworks.

 

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