Ever wonder what terms are for the amazing fireworks effects that light the sky? Below are the terms and definitions used in the fireworks industry to describe the amazing bursts and effects given off by fireworks.

 
Brocade

A spider like effect in the sky, much like fine lace. The brocade effect is generally a silver tail effect, and is brighter than the willow or tiger tail effect. Most brocade effects use glitter to produce the long brocade tails.

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Chrysanthemum

A flower-like aerial pattern, usually resulting from a cake or mortar.

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Comet

A type of star that leaves a long trail of sparks as it flies through the air.

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Crossette

A type of comet that breaks into multiple comets, usually forming a cross shape.

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Palm Tree

An aerial effect that produces a gold or silver stem as the shell rises into the sky (known as a rising tail), followed by a brocade or willow effect that creates palm fronds. It resembles a gold or silver palm tree in the sky.

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Pearls

Bright balls of color that fly through the sky and burn themselves out after reaching maximum height.

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Peony

An aerial effect that looks like a spherical ball of colored lights in the sky. A very common aerial effect on most fireworks displays.

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Pistil

A ball of stars in the center of another ball of stars. Another way to describe this effect is a small peony inside a larger peony.

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Strobe

A strobe is a blinking effect. When used in a shell with hundreds of strobe stars, the strobe effect looks like shimmering water in the sky. Strobes can be a variety of colors, including white, green, blue, and orange.

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Willow

An aerial effect that looks like a giant gold willow tree in the sky. A true willow effect has delicate golden trails that hang in the sky ten seconds or more.

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