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How High Do Fireworks Shoot?

  • Ground-based fountains will shoot showers of sparks 5 – 9 feet in the air on average. Some of the larger fountains can reach heights of 12 feet.
  • Rockets shoot 50 – 300 feet in the air depending on the size, quality and atmospheric conditions. Simple bottle rockets will fly 50 to 75 feet in the air.
  • Eight ounce rockets will shoot approximately 150 feet into the air. Larger rockets (24” to 38”) can fly upwards of 250 feet.
  • Re-loadable artillery shells can vary greatly depending on the size of the tube, the shape of the shell and the amount of pyrotechnic compound and lift charge in the shell. A rule of thumb to calculate how high an artillery shell will go is 1” diameter = 70 feet in height. So the average 1.75” shell will go approximately 120 feet in the air.
  • A 3 inch shell (the largest allowed for consumers) will travel approximately 210 feet in the air.
  • 200 Gram cakes will shoot approximately 75 – 150 feet in the air, depending on the type of cake and the size of the tubes.
  • 500 Gram cakes will shoot approximately 125 – 200 feet in the air, also depending on the type of cake and the size of the tubes.