#2721: HigherWorks

It takes a lot of gunpowder to lift a firework into the sky, before the show can even begin.

Today’s invention offers a better form of firework display.

Launching fireworks from a tethered hot air balloon avoids wasting all that propellant just on gaining height…so the spectacle can be better for a given amount of powder.

It might also be seen as safer, given that nobody is lighting explosives beside members of a crowd of spectators.

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