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What do you call fireworks that are bought for the sound they make when fired? Formally and especially colloquially?

I have found some names like firecrackers and bang snaps. However, I don't know if they are what I am looking for. What I am looking for are those explosives that are as big as a cigarette or smaller.

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Small, paper-wrapped gunpowder cylinders with a fuse sticking out whose sole purpose is to make noise are called firecrackers. There are larger diameter variants called M-80's, M-90's but the general term is firecracker. If the purpose is to go up in the air and explode or emit sparks then they are not firecrackers, but fireworks.

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    I should probably add pictures, but I don't have time before work; maybe tonight. – Jim Jan 17 '14 at 15:07
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    Thank you Jim, and here's one if you like it. – learner Jan 17 '14 at 16:02
  • Thanks. That pictures shows firecrackers and an M-2 and a cherry bomb (the round green one). – Jim Jan 17 '14 at 16:45
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    BrEng: they're called "Bangers" – peterG Jan 9 '16 at 0:57
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The first words came to me was pops or poppers (it turned out that only the latter is common). However, googling for pop firecrackers, I found things like Pop Pop Firecrackers, Pop Pop Snappers, along with this Wikipedia page: Bang snaps,

Bang snaps (also known as Throwdowns, snap-its, poppers, pop-its, snappers, whip'n pops, whipper snappers, fun snaps or snap'n pops) are a type of small novelty firework sold as a trick noisemaker.

However, I think the more common word would be, as Jim mentioned, firecracker,

A firecracker (cracker, noise maker, banger, or bunger) is a small explosive device primarily designed to produce a large amount of noise, especially in the form of a loud bang; any visual effect is incidental to this goal.

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