Many people are attracted to the idea of silver sparklers for a variety of reasons. First, they offer a very clean and visually appealing performance. Second, they “famously” produce a much more dramatic sparkling effect than other versions. However, you may have noticed that they are virtually impossible to find. Why can’t you find or buy them anywhere? Has this type of sparkler even been invented? And, what makes these sought-after items so difficult to obtain? All will be revealed in this post.
Why Can’t I find Silver Sparklers?
Unfortunately, you won’t have much luck looking for this particular item. For nearly two decades, silver sparklers have been deemed illegal to sell in the United States. Though the leftover stockpiles were allowed to be sold, those disappeared many years ago. Now, you’ll have to look at other types of sparklers to fit your particular needs.
Why Are Silver Sparklers Illegal?
In a nutshell, the color silver is the reason that they are illegal. When ignited, different metallic powders emit a unique color. Copper creates one color, while magnesium creates another. This is similar to why there are different “warmths” of light bulbs on the market. In particular, aluminum powder is a key ingredient in making silver sparks. It is considered a highly explosive element, and that is a big part of the issue. Furthermore, the additional powders in the “cocktail” make the concoction even more volatile. For consumer safety purposes and safeguarding the sale of these powders, the government concluded that they should be made illegal.
Can I Buy Them Online Anywhere?
The short answer is no. There is no legal way to purchase silver sparklers in the United States. Not even the places that sell sparklers all year long have them in their possession. With that said, there are undoubtedly some unscrupulous vendors somewhere out there. Some countries have little or no restrictions on their manufacture or sale, so technically they exist. However, anyone selling them is a criminal, and anyone purchasing them would be committing a crime as well. No matter how badly you want to have silver sparklers at your wedding or event, it’s never worth breaking the law.
Are There Any Good Alternatives to Silver Sparklers?
The good news in all of this is that there are plenty of great alternatives out there! Sure, you’re going to need to make a few compromises, but there is bound to be a replacement you can live with. Here are a few of the best options that are available.
Titanium or White Sparklers
Though they won’t produce the same massive sparkles, you can get pretty close to silver with white or titanium color options. In fact, we offer a very cool white option in our neon colored sparklers packages. They will emit sparks very similar in color to silver, but without the legal issues or dangers.
Regular Gold Wedding Sparklers
By far the easiest and most cost-effective solution would be to choose regular gold wedding sparklers. They won’t be silver, obviously; but gold is just as elegant and eye-catching in the long run. Additionally, you can get them in various lengths or shapes to match your needs better. While they lack in certain criteria, namely color; they will make up for it in other ways. They are definitely worth careful consideration.
Skip the Sparklers
Your final option would be to skip the sparklers all together. Many couples choose to use confetti instead, or even attach long ribbons to sticks. If you are okay with technology, you could opt for LED foam sticks or another electronic alternative. Sometimes the best solution is to find a replacement rather than make a series of compromises.
In the end, the facts are just something you need to live with. The United States has banned their production and sale, so they are simply not an option. However, with so many great options available, you can still have an amazing experience without the need for silver sparklers!