Science, Tech, Math › Science Fireworks Periodic Table of the Elements Function of Chemical Elements in Fireworks and Pyrotechnics Share Flipboard Email Print Science Chemistry Physical Chemistry Basics Chemical Laws Molecules Periodic Table Projects & Experiments Scientific Method Biochemistry Medical Chemistry Chemistry In Everyday Life Famous Chemists Activities for Kids Abbreviations & Acronyms Biology Physics Geology Astronomy Weather & Climate By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Chemistry Expert Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of Tennessee at Knoxville B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Hastings College Dr. Helmenstine holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and is a science writer, educator, and consultant. She has taught science courses at the high school, college, and graduate levels. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Updated March 08, 2017 Fireworks rely on the chemical characteristics of the elements that are used to make them. This special periodic table highlights the elements that have significance to fireworks and pyrotechnics. Click on the element symbol to see what it does.Periodic Table of the Elements in Fireworks1H 2He34Be 5B67N89F10Ne1112Mg 13Al14Si15161718Ar19K2021Sc2223V24Cr25Mn2627Co28Ni293031Ga32Ge33As34Se35Br36Kr37Rb38Sr39Y40Zr41Nb42Mo43Tc44Ru45Rh46Pd47Ag48Cd49In50Sn5152Te53I54Xe55Cs56Ba57La72Hf73Ta74W75Re76Os77Ir78Pt79Au80Hg81Tl82Pb83Bi84Po85At86Rn87Fr88Ra89Ac104Rf105Db106Sg107Bh108Hs109Mt110Ds111Rg112Cn113113114Fl115115116Lv117117118118 Metals are used in compounds to color fireworks or in pure form so that they will glow when heated. Controlling the temperature of hot metal can produce red, orange, yellow, and white sparks, much like you can control the color of a stove burner by increasing the heat.Chemical bonds between carbon and hydrogen are typically broken to provide energy (i.e., firework fuel), which relies on oxygen-containing compounds that act as oxidizers. Oxygen is most often found in chlorate, perchlorates, and nitrates.As you can see, there aren't a whole lot of elements in fireworks! You won't find radioactive metals, nor are the lanthanides or actinides used (which would be the two rows of elements below the body of the periodic table).Some elements, such as lead (Pb), arsenic (As), and mercury (Hg) used to be relatively common in pyrotechnics, but their compounds are toxic to people and the environment, so they have been phased out of commercial formulations.