Where does the word “Firecracker” come from and What does Firecracker mean?

England knows the firecracker, which is a jubilant explosive, as merely a cracker, though if part of a pyrotechnic display, such as a set piece, it is there, as here, a firework.

Both terms have been in use from the sixteenth century.

But with us, especially with a child, a cracker is first of all something to be eaten, harmlessly known as biscuit in England.

where does the word firecracker come from and what does firecracker mean

Consequently the paper tube containing gunpowder which explodes with a bang when fire is applied became, naturally enough, a firecracker to American childhood from at least the early nineteenth century.

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