Social Science

Name that firework

Use your listening powers to tell them apart

July 4, 2011
[Image Credit: Glen Bowman, Flickr]

If your parents were anything like mine, you watched over the fence enviously as all your neighbors got to play with home fireworks. At the time, I was wildly jealous of those kids, but I should probably thank my parents now, sitting here with all my fingers and pretty average hearing. One thing those kids might be better at now though, is this quiz. Can you tell which fireworks are which?

Below you’ll hear five fireworks sounds. We’ve got a Roman Candle, Bottle Rocket, Spinner, Sparkler and Popper. Can you tell which is which? If not, you can find the answers at the bottom.

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About the Author

Rose Eveleth graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.S. in ecology and a minor in writing. She spent the last four years there poking around in labs, studying krill, climbing trees, riding bikes and perfecting her fish doodles. A sucker for being lost in strange places, she recently wandered her way through Costa Rica, Portugal, Tokyo and Bonaire and is excited to take her wandering to the epicenter of strange places, New York City.

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