11 things you might not know about fireworks

Where will you watch the fireworks this year?
Where will you watch the fireworks this year?

Bonfire Night is only days away - so it's time to swot up on your firework knowledge.

Most of us will celebrate November 5 in one way or another - whether it's taking the whole family to an organised display, having sparklers in the garden or watching the bangers from your window.

But how much do you actually know about the bobby dazzlers?

Take a look at our list of firework facts, and impress your friends with your knowledge when the big night arrives on Thursday.

1. Fireworks were invented more than 2,000 years ago in China.

2. The largest firework rocket was created and launched in Portugal in 2010. It weighed 13kg.

3. The largest fireworks display was also achieved in Portugal in 2006. It consisted of more than 66,000 individual fireworks.

4. When fireworks were first created, they were only orange and white.

5. Guy Fawkes Night is celebrated in the UK on November 5. It is a celebration of the failing of the Gunpowder Plot on 5 November 1605, an attempt to kill King James I at the Houses of Parliament.

6. China is the largest manufacturer and exporter of fireworks in the world.

7. The Japanese word for firework is hanabi. It means fire flower.

8. A rocket can reach speeds of 150mph.

9. A sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 15 times the boiling point of water.

10. The first recorded fireworks in England were at the wedding of King Henry VII in 1486.

11. A chocolate firework, measuring 3m high and 1.5m in diameter, was released in Zurich on New Year's Eve 2002. It contained 60kg of Swiss Cailler chocolates.