“In the end, though, no one can ever really know what the loudest firework is,” said Mr. Jacobson. “There are so many variables.”
He said that there are several factors that make fireworks sound louder than others: the size of the shell, how fast it burns and how far away you are from it.
“It’s like if you were trying to measure how far away a shooting star was,” he said. “If you were close to it, it would look bigger than if you were farther away.”
The same principle applies to fireworks: The closer you are to them, the more they will sound like they’re coming right at you. As a result, their perceived distance is shorter than actual distance — which means they sound louder than they actually are.
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