firecrackers go off//explode

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jesusguime

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Chinese
On New Year's Eve, lots of firecrackers go off at midnight.



Hi,
Does "go off" in the above equal "explode?" Thanks.
 
  • katie_here

    Senior Member
    England/English
    In BE, that's how we would describe firecrackers exploding. "going off"

    "Light that firework at arms length. be careful it doesn't go off in your face"

    I would tend to use the word explode when it does it's "final display" in the sky and explodes into thousands of sparks.

    If I were to use the expression "On New Year's Eve, lots of fireworks explode at midnight" It would sound like someone had lit the whole lot in one go and there was a big explosion.
     
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