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The explosion and the 'bang' happen at the same exact time !

But the light from the burst has to travel to you before you can see it, and the sound of the burst has to travel to you before you can hear it.

Light travels much faster than sound ... about 874,000 times faster ( ! ) ... so the light always reaches you before the sound does. You always see the burst before you hear it.

The farther you are away from it, the farther the sound will lag behind the light, and the more time there will be between the sight and the sound. From one mile away, the sound reaches you about 5 seconds late.

Rule of thumb for audio is 1 millisecond per foot, it takes about 30 ms delay (30 ft)before most humans can percieve the delay

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sound travels at about 1000 feet per second, so if you are 1000 feet awy it takes a second to hear the sound; the light from the fireworks travels much much faster so you see it right away, but do not hear the sound right away.

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The visible light that we see as the explosion travels at the speed of light, which is 300,000,000 m/s, and the speed of sound is about 340 m/s. So it takes longer for the sound to reach you.

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Light travels very much faster than sound: 300,000,000 metres per second compared to 340 metres per second. So the flash of an explosion is seen almost instantaneously whereas the sound can take a while to get to you..

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Sound waves travel slower than the light waves emitting from the firework.

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