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A rundown of 12 of the more popular fireworks options

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POSTED June 30, 2012 12:51 a.m.

TNT Fireworks

OPENING SHOW

COLORS: Red, green, yellow and orange

PATTERN: Short, flowering burst to tall, Christmas tree-like explosion

COST: $59.99

INFO: Despite the name, the large popcorn bucket-sized attraction serves a dual purpose as an opener and a closer thanks to its bright, vibrant colors and it’s multiple features – sound, sparkles and variety.

 

STAR VOYAGER

COLORS: Rainbow assortment

PATTERN: Varied

COST: $34.99

INFO: A perfect middle-of-the-show addition, the Star Voyager lasts for over three minutes and includes glitter, rains, chrysanthemums and crackles. Moderately priced, the stand-alone fountain can also be added to augment a package.

 

PINK DIAMONDS

COLORS: Pink and purple

PATTERN: Mushroom-like

COST: $7.99

INFO: Throws a shower of pink, blue and purple sparks nearly straight up – adding silvery crackles to the mix. Advertised as one of a handful of fireworks designed for young ladies.

 

STACKS UP

COLORS: Blue, red, green, silver, yellow and purple

PATTERN: Straight shower followed by crackle burst

COST: $39.99

INFO: For more than two minutes this stacked fountain throws roughly three feet of sparks that change colors and styles when crackles come into play. Gold and silver glitter only adds to the visually stunning display.

 

PICCOLO PETE

COLORS: Red

PATTERN: Straight flame

COST: $3.99 for six

INFO: A longtime favorite, the unmistakable whistle of a Piccolo Pete can be heard from a mile away (maybe). Affordable and fun, they’re the perfect add-on to a fun night with a value box.

 

MORNING GLORY SPARKLERS

COLORS: Vary

PATTERN: Sparkle

COST: $8.99 for 60

INFO: What used to be a standard addition at barbecues for kids of all ages, sparklers – the handheld sticks – still offer the same relatively safe fun. They’re cheap and plentiful and never get old.

PHANTOM Fireworks

KOMODO 3000

COLORS: Rainbow with heavy green and red

PATTERN: Relatively straight

COST: $49.99

INFO: With a run time of more than four minutes, the Komodo 3000 is the perfect finale piece for your fireworks bonanza. It’s bright, colorful and fun and is sure to entertain the kids as well as the adults.

 

FIRECRACKER FOUNTAIN

COLORS: Gold, red, green and white

PATTERN: Fanned

COST: $14.99

INFO: Bright, vibrant crackles and a shower of sparks help make this relatively inexpensive fountain something that families on a budget can enjoy. When lit it fans out and begins cracking in white and emits red and green colors before returning to the standard white.

 

APACHE FIREDANCE

COLORS: Red, green, blue, gold and white

PATTERN: Varied – changes every 15 seconds

COST: $17.99

INFO: Nearly four minutes of fun is packed into this fountain – which alternates colors and styles every 15 seconds. At less than $20 it proves to be affordable and fun with its vibrant colors and unique style – crackles, showers and whistles.

 

PEACOCK TAILFAN

COLORS: Silver flowers with red, blue and green stars

PATTERN: Shoots straight out in a peacock feather-like pattern

COST: $29.99

INFO: It’s big power in a small package. What looks like a small fountain erupts into a beautiful, peacock-like spray with vibrant colors and stars. Showers and sparkles cap everything off with a classy and elegant look.

 

GROUND BLOOMS

COLORS: Gold

PATTERN: Spinning

COST: $0.99 for 6

INFO: One of the cheapest and most fun fireworks out there, ground blooms can be lit and tossed before they take off in zooming, circular pattern. A great way to warm up the evening.

 

SMOKE BALLS

COLORS: Red, blue, green and yellow

PATTERN: Smoke

COST: $1.99 for 6

INFO: The classic, ninja-like balls that emit a burst of colored smoke. Fun at any time of the day and for all ages.

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