Are you planning to have a celebration of fireworks for family or your friends? The trick is in knowing the top fireworks to buy.
A spectacular fireworks display starts with great fireworks options. If you are a novice, the options can be overwhelming, with so many options. Here we’ll provide the details on buying fireworks and suggestions for planning a fireworks show within the UK.
Looking forward to the ultimate fireworks display for your backyard? This is the definitive guide to the best fireworks to purchase and how to organize your fireworks display.
Type of Fireworks
Different fireworks are not made to be alike, which is why you need to be careful about the types of fireworks you choose. The distinct differences between fireworks types can make the choice overwhelming. So, we’ve collected the most commonly used fireworks types available throughout the UK.
Aerial Bombshell Fireworks
One shot firework which sends a fused shell in the air, before blasting off. Aerial Bombshells are the most powerful single explosion in the sky, with heights up to 30m. (a 10-story building)
An effect in the daytime that releases parachutes with the Canadian flag. The daytime parachutes release smoke on their trail as they fall to the ground.
Roman candles are single cardboard tubes that eject effects such as colored stars, crackling stars, comets and floral explosions one at a with a maximum height of 35m (a 11-story building)
Cakes are composed of a variety of tubes, which are then arranged to form an “cake” like device.
They vary in size from 9 shots all the way to 100 shots and everything in between. The durations vary from a few seconds to 50 seconds.
There are 3 kinds of cakes;
Fanned- The tubes are laid out in a ‘fan’ shape inside the cake, so that it fires left and right, and straight up
Vertical- all tubes are fired straight upwards
Single Colour- cakes of all one colour, great for gender reveal or a color theme for your show
What’s so great about cakes is you need only to light one fuse and watch a lot happen up in the air.
The height can reach 60m (a 19-storey building)
An firework-themed mine an individual shot that creates a volcano-like eruption of coloured stars that can be combined with crackling or whistles. (Think on a shotgun with a birdshot-like effect.)
PRO Tip- Mines create a wonderful visual “punch” throughout your show and in your closing.
Heights up to 50m. (a 16-story building)
They’re usually single-shot fireworks, which release tiny reports or blasts into the sky. Some come with comet tails, some with whistles.
Like the name suggests The fireworks that fall under this category are based on ground. This means that the effects can be observed from a distance and probably remain in your backyard.
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Here are a few firework options that aren’t aerial to explore.
They typically come from round cards or plastic discs that are attached to a post and spin once lit creating a beautiful spinning wheel of shimmer.
Like the wheels spinners wow firework enthusiasts with their spin, however these fireworks come with similar to rockets. They spin on the ground once the flame is lit. Ground Spinners can provide a great amount of light, often changing shades to create an attractive effect.
If you want to enjoy a more peaceful display, you should consider firework fountains. These are very popular because they give plenty of illumination and color, but none of the loud sounds of aerial fireworks.
Fountains produce a shower of colourful sparks just like a water fountain. They are available in many sizes and shapes, based on the length of effect you’re hoping for.
There’s no better firework than the sparkler. It’s one of the classics, what memories are made of…
Sparklers are hand-held firework that burns slow while emitting intense, bright colored flames, sparks, among other effects. They’re perfect to decorate cakes for birthdays or set in the ground to provide the purpose of a light show. They are available in lengths ranging from 30 seconds to nearly 3 minutes!
Although technically not a firework, they are popular for daylight effects, photography, weddings, gender reveal, hiking, camping, etc. Pull the pin and massive quantities of coloured smoke is produced!
You can make your guests smile with these gorgeous gold cake fountains! Simple to light, leaves no trace on the cake and almost smokeless, a pleasure to play with and fun to look at. Put them on top of the cake or hand them out to your guests. They are available in 30 or 60 sec lengths.
Make use of our Sparkle Clips to connect to a wine bottle, or your favourite beverage.
Tips for Choosing the Right Fireworks
Once you’re familiar with the different types of fireworks, you’ll need to understand how to pick. Here are some tips for selecting the most suitable one.
Safety is the Most Important Thing
Injuries from fireworks aren’t to be missed with about 71 reported cases that resulted in burns. Security is the most important factor when conducting your fireworks show.
Here are some key security considerations to be aware of;
Select the appropriate fireworks to the area you plan to begin the fireworks. There’s a vast array of fireworks to choose from and some will be more appropriate for your location than others, factors such as height, distance from the left side to the right, the sound and so on.
Store fireworks in a cool, dry place and keep them away from children. The maximum quantity of fireworks that can be kept in a residence is 10 kg gross weight. Any quantity that is greater than this amount must be kept in a separate, secured building.
You can transport fireworks in your trunk. In the absence of the trunk (e.g. van, pickup truck) carry fireworks in the non-sparking containers with a lid. Be sure to not smoke when loading the fireworks, moving them or unloading them.
Pick an open space that is free from structures, vehicles overhead obstructions, dry brush/grass or any other vegetation that might catch fire. A minimum of 30 m x 30 meters is needed for the use of fireworks that are safe and 20 m x 20m for fountains and other ground-based items. Keep spectators at least 20 metres away.
Every firework has written instructions on the label and an appropriate safety distance. be sure and follow them.
Be sure to follow all local by-laws as well as provincial laws regarding the use of your fireworks.
Don’t give fireworks to anyone younger than 18 years of age. Fun with fireworks is great for the family, but they are hot and explode projectiles with force, and are designed to be handled by adults only in a respectful manner.
Make sure you are familiar with your fireworks in advance. Keep track of the various kinds and locations of fuses as there may be many kinds.
Do not attempt to tear fireworks apart or alter or alter them any other way.
PRO Tip- Make sure that you have set the fireworks in a way that all the fuses are on one side. This will save you searching for an fuse when it is dark.
Always keep water on hand like the garden hose or buckets of water.
Be wary of lighting fireworks in the wind. If you’re in doubt as to whether it is too windy try lighting just one firework for a trial shot and watch carefully to see the impact that the wind can have. If you aren’t certain, it is always best not to take the risk.
The shooter and any employees should always wear eye protection . Make sure you are wearing Safety glasses, or goggles. Regular prescription glasses or sunglasses provide minimal or no protection. They may actually contribute to an injury. Wear clothing that isn’t flammable such as cotton. Do not wear synthetic fibres (nylon polyester) during firing.
Do not permit smoking near the location where fireworks are stored or set up.
Be sure to keep fireworks unlit away from your fire area and inside a box which is secured so that stray sparks cannot escape. The box should be placed away from the firing line.
Set up cakes and other objects with bases on a sturdy smooth and level surface to ensure the stability. It is generally not recommended to place grass on the base to lay down wood or plywood.
Bury cylinder items like roman candles and barrages between 1/3 and 1/2 of their length into the form of a bucket filled with sand, wheelbarrow filled with sand an excavation trench in the ground.
Angle the pieces away from the audience between 5 and 10 degrees. In the event that your ground has become moist in any way and the object may be buried for some period of time, you might want to put it in a plastic bag before insertion in the soil.
Make sure you have a flashlight, or at least using a headlamp, so that the fuse is easily visible and you don’t have to stumble through the darkness.
Light fireworks with an igniter and handle, a propane torch with trigger or a longer butane-lighting device. Light using an extended arm, and then retract.
PRO Tip: use our 15-minute flares along with the Shooting Stick handle and light as the pros!
Do not allow any part of your body to be placed on the firework.
If an item does not illuminate easily, or if it lights and then stops working, avoid the object for at least 30 minutes. Don’t try to light it again.
It is also known as a hang fire and there is a possibility that the fuse may just be burning and spark the fire again in an unexpected manner. Put the bucket in water overnight, then flush out.
After the show, you should wait for 30 minutes before you begin cleanup in case of any incident that could result in a fire being set. Be sure to wash the debris and materials that were discarded following the show and get rid of them. You should leave your site cleaner than the day you first arrived!
Never burn used fireworks or casings of fireworks in a bonfire campfire, or fireplace.
And finally, and most important, be considerate of your neighbours.
It is important to let them know you’re planning to light fireworks? it lets them know you’re thinking of them and it is the biggest difference in having happy neighbors and angry neighbours. If they have pets, they can take steps to minimize the sound by closing their windows, switching on the television or playing music.
Know Your Effects
What effect do you want your firework to elicit? Understanding the various effects and breaks will assist you in selecting fireworks that will best suit your needs.
Here are some of the effects you can be looking forward to when it comes time for diverse fireworks that consumers can enjoy.
Comets: This effect on fireworks creates a long trail of sparks that is flung into the air.
Crossettes: build up as a single comet, then break up into a variety of comets to end up with an equilateral cross.
Brocade A firework’s long tail, and they end with a spider-like appearance in the sky.
Fishes: The aerial effect appears to be the movement of a group of fish through the air. It can be a pretty spectacular view that can make a great spectacle.
The name “Palm” comes from the leaves of palms that originate from one source. The glitter and sparks rise high but break into the palm at some point.
Ring: This effect creates rings of stars in the sky.
Spinner: If your pleasure is spinning your grass, then take a look at the sparklers that spin with the spinner.
Star Effect: The effect is limited to roman candles, but the fireworks show shoots star clusters.
Strobe The possibility is that you will like the look of faded rays So you might want to think about fireworks strobe effects.
Whistles the effect is a whistling sound as the rocket flies into the sky.
Willow: The effect creates what appears like a willow branch in the skies. Although this effect is unpopular for the majority of fireworks sold to consumers it is possible to search for it.
Spray: fireworks that have this effect release small bursts of sparks or stars, that can be attractive.
Knowing the effect is essential prior to purchasing rocket fireworks. It is possible to predict what the fireworks display will look like.
Think of the Firing Equipment
How will you be starting your fireworks in preparation for the event? You should think of the equipment for firing since they’re as important as the fireworks themselves.
In order to actually film the show, it’s advisable to go for cutting-edge technology. Certain firing devices have wireless capabilities which allow for great range between different effects.