Firework Purchasing Tips2371196
The 'standard' fireworks licence only permits a supplier to sell fireworks for a three week period before November 5th, a couple of days before New Year, Diwali and Chinese New Year.
If we deal with what to buy first, then the most important thing to look for is that the fireworks comply with British Standard BS7114. This number must be printed on the box or firework, and shows that the product complies with strict safety standards. If you don't see this number, then leave nicely alone. These fireworks should not even be offered for sale, but unfortunately non compliant fireworks do still slip via the net.
Fireworks are divided into four categories, only two of which really concern us right here. Category one is for such things as indoor fireworks, and category four is for professional show items, so most of what you see in the shops will be in categories two and 3.
The main criteria for category two fireworks are that the fuse should burn for between 3 and 13 seconds, and it should be viewed from at least 5 metres away. For category 3 the fuse is five to 15 seconds, and the viewing distance 25 metres. There are also criteria for debris fallout areas, but these are the primary defining criteria. You have a tendency to get category two fireworks in the smaller show boxes, sold via mainstream suppliers' such as newsagents and supermarkets. The more spectacular category 3 items are generally sold as individual items, and are generally to be discovered in much more specialist outlets.
One very easy, but quite dependable tip for gauging the worth and likely performance of a firework is to really feel the weight of it. Usually speaking, the heavier a firework is, the much better display it will give you. This is by no indicates a hard and fast rule, but it is a very good rule of thumb.
Having been in the trade for 40 years now, I like to believe I have had a affordable quantity of feed back on the topic of DIY firework displays, and the factor that crops up time and again is that most displays last for too long, with as well many 'same again' fireworks! The issue could so easily be solved with a bit of forward planning. Rather of the usual situation, exactly where six people all turn up with a small box of fireworks, very most likely from a non specialist outlet, that fizzle and phutt their way via a lacklustre show, why not gather an agreed amount of money from each guest instead, and then go to a specialist retailer, and buy a few truly spectacular fireworks. Everyone will then see a shorter, but far much better show.
We now have a normal customer base, which entrust their budget to us each year, and rely us to construct a memorable display for them. Initially it may be difficult to persuade them to spend any where between £40 and £140 on one firework, but nearly without exception, once they have gone that route, they never look back!