Sparks fly during ancient molten iron fireworks show in Hebei

An ancient molten iron fireworks performance took place at the Hongyagu Scenic Area in the Chinese province of Hebei on Sunday. Taking place every weekend during Chinese New Year celebrations, the performance created fireworks with liquid iron, a metal which only melts at a roasting 1538°C (2800°F). This is a much cheaper, but also much more dangerous, alternative to traditional fireworks... Еще. Blacksmiths have to train for at least half a year to be able to perform, and usually their bodies are covered with burns. Special clothing makes sure that the performer will not be set on fire, but pieces of molten iron can melt through. The tradition first began in northern China during the Song Dynasty, which ruled vast swathes of the country from 960 to 1279 AD.

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