Since 1985, LaRonde has been hosting the Montreal International Fireworks Competition, also known as L’International des Feux Loto-Québec. Tonight at 10pm is this year’s finale. Every summer over the past few years, I have made the trip to go see them at least once. My favorite spot to view the fireworks is just outside the Longueil metro station; a lesser-known, quiet spot that is right across the highway from LaRonde. I had the opportunity to see the fireworks last Friday night and, as always, I was amazed by the spectacular light show.
I recently found this short video about the chemistry involved in making fireworks that features Professor Conkling, the author of the Chemistry of Pyrotechnics: Basic Principles and Theory.