In Suicide Squad (2016), Amanda Waller's helicopter shot some fireworks after take-off.

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What is the purpose of it?

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Those aren't fireworks.....they're flares used to decoy heat-seaking missiles.

There had already been one helicopter downed by a missile. They were just taking precautions.

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A flare or decoy flare is an aerial infrared countermeasure used by a plane or helicopter to counter an infrared homing ("heat-seeking") surface-to-air missile or air-to-air missile. Flares are commonly composed of a pyrotechnic composition based on magnesium or another hot-burning metal, with burning temperature equal to or hotter than engine exhaust. The aim is to make the infrared-guided missile seek out the heat signature from the flare rather than the aircraft's engines.

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    (warning: spoilers in comment, and I don't know how to hide them) Note that their use in Suicide Squad was hilariously and completely wrong. You don't just spam flares unless you have a reason to, because you can run out of flares. This was clear as day when they proceeded to run out of flares and then got shot at by a heat seeking missile.
    – Cort Ammon
    Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 19:39
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    I don't disagree but, in fact, they weren't hit by a missile...they were pulled from the sky by a tentacle/tendril of some kind.
    – Paulie_D
    Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 19:48

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