That glowing light, those information-filled colors, that smoke and vapor that seems to magically light warm embers… What kind of physics and chemistry are at work inside of a flame? Joe Hanson from It’s Okay to Be Smart answers the question: What is fire?

He also shows us how to investigate the different parts of the flame for ourselves. As always, be safe, smart, and keep an adult on deck when “sciencing” with fire. Plus, be sure to check out these excellent fire prevention and safety tips.

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