A firecracker is tossed straight up into the air. It explodes into three pieces of equal mass just as it reaches the highest point. Two pieces move off at 120 m/s at right angles to each other. How fast is the third piece moving? So, we know that since the firework is at its highest point when it explodes that Vfirework = 0. Two pieces move away from each other at a right angle at 120 m/s. What does this mean for the third piece of the firework as it explodes? I'm confused as to how I'm supposed to know its direction in relation to the other two pieces.