Do fireworks increase paranormal activity?
Depending on what you believe, the simple answer is yes, because a firework produces a significant amount of energy. The average 15-minute display would probably produce about the same amount of power it takes to power a family home for about 90 minutes, but it’s not that simple. Keep reading to delve deeper into the science of the paranormal related to fireworks.
There are anecdotal claims that more paranormal incidents are reported following other high-energy events, such as thunderstorms and even heat waves. Some ghost hunters even use EM pumps to generate energy in the form of an electromagnetic field. Just five commercial fireworks produce one megajoule of energy, which is roughly equivalent to the power needed to play games for an hour on a Playstation 4.
Paranormal investigators believe that the lingering energy of a living human can exist outside of the body after death and that spirits draw on any source of energy to replenish themselves. This could include powering electrical circuits, thunderstorms and even fireworks.
Since the fundamental laws of physics tell us that energy cannot be created or destroyed, only converted from one form to another, it is fundamentally possible that light, heat, sound and kinetic energy of a firework can be converted into a form that fuels hauntings – although it should be noted that no one knows exactly what kind of energy spirits these are, if any.
However, if there is a supernatural mechanism to convert the energy of fireworks into spiritual energy, the problem is that it will not be very effective. When a firework explodes in the air, all of its energy is instantly lost to its surroundings. It takes the form of heat and light, plus mechanical energy in the form of sound and a shock wave through the air.
Because the energy shoots out in all directions from the point of detonation, it gets weaker and weaker as it travels. This is called the Inverse Square Law, which tells us that each time the distance of the exploding firework doubles, its effect becomes four times less powerful. This means that a firework exploding at a height of about 100 meters would not appear much brighter than a candle to an observer, or a spirit, on the ground. Therefore, even if the fireworks were launched from the roof of a haunted building, that building would actually get more power from the streetlights outside and its own electrical wiring throughout the building.
So scientifically speaking, even if a spirit could use the energy of a firework, it wouldn’t give them much to feast on, but that’s not the only kind of energy generated as a result of fireworks.
Whether it’s family or a few friends gathered for a fireworks display in the garden or thousands of people who have gathered for a public display, the one thing all of these shows have in common is that they bring people together, elicit emotions, and spark positivity in onlookers. .
Emotions and positive energy are said to cause hauntings and increase activity, especially when ghost hunting. It might make sense as a paranormal theory, but it seems unlikely that a group of onlookers at a fireworks display could impact a haunted building in a real-life situation, unless they were looking. display from inside the building itself.
There is one last thing to consider. When launching professional fireworks a tube is used, the force of the projectile exiting this tube can produce an inaudible sound as low as about 15 Hz. Any low frequency sound below the lower end of the human hearing range of 20 Hz is called infrasound.
Although infrasound is not known to cause haunting and is not paranormal in nature, these low frequency vibrations can cause people to have experiences similar to those associated with the paranormal. This can include feeling uncomfortable, disoriented, or panicking, as well as increased heart rate and blood pressure. In extreme cases, infrasound has been linked to feelings of depression, a general feeling of unease, as well as visions like apparitions.
So while a firework display might not increase the spooky activity, it can make you experience more unusual things.
Another possibility is that only ghosts come out to watch the display the same way we do. Perhaps they are simply awakened by the loud bangs and flashes of light. The living can’t help but move to the nearest window to see what happens when fireworks light up the sky outside, so why should the dead be any different?
The best way to find out if fireworks really affect the amount of paranormal activity is to test the theory yourself, so why not grab your ghost hunting tools instead of a sparkler this November 5th.