Fireworks are a wonderful way to add a bit of magic to
life’s different celebrations from birthdays to weddings. They have been
entertaining us for hundreds of years and most people love the bright colours
and loud bangs. But do fireworks work in the modern world? Could your Internet
stop working because of it?
The question might seem silly but there are many people who
think fireworks might be problematic to wireless connections – or even the
weather! The thinking is that because fireworks contain different
metals and chemicals, bursting with explosives, they might cause issues
with the signalling.
So, can fireworks affect Internet? The short answer is ‘no’.
You will be free to browse the Internet for memes on Bonfire Night without a
problem. However, nothing is ever completely black and white. There are
occasions that might cause you to lose your connection.
Your electrical mast, either antenna or dish, might break or
shake if fireworks come into contact with it. If the mast is not well connected
or you aim the firework directly to it, this might cause problems in connection
and even take it down altogether. However, you need the fireworks to explode
nearly on top of the mast. Of course, this could happen accidentally but you
should always try to aim away from buildings and masts anyway.
The same goes for any issues with cables. If you explode
fireworks on top of cables and they are damaged, then you won’t, quite
obviously, enjoy a stable connection. However, like with masts, this requires
you to shoot the fireworks right on top of the cables.
Creating an EMI
Since fireworks contain chemicals and metals to give them
the right effects and colours, these could cause electromagnetic interference
when exploding. There is some
suggestion that setting off fireworks might even leave some of the residue
in clouds, which would then cause interference between the satellite and your Internet
even after you’ve done the display.
However, these scenarios are highly unlikely. For the EMI or
EMP to have a significant impact and turn off your Internet, you’d need lots of
fireworks going off at the same time and for the residue to gather in the
clouds for a long period of time. This hasn’t happened even during the biggest
of New Year’s Eve displays so it’s highly unlikely to occur in normal use.
Always Follow Safety Instructions
So, fireworks could affect Internet but this would almost
certainly be because of a deliberate act to do so. Not only could mishandling
fireworks potentially cut the connection, but it could also lead to many, more
serious injuries and events. Fireworks are fun but you always have to use them
The bottom line is that fireworks are not going to alter
your connection as long as you use them
responsively. Consider wires coming to and from yours and your neighbours
houses when using fireworks, and you won’t have a problem!