Firework Purchasing Tips3071245
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 essential factor to look for is that the fireworks comply with British Regular BS7114. This number must be printed on the box or firework, and shows that the product complies with strict security requirements. If you do not see this number, then leave well alone. These fireworks should not even be provided for sale, but sadly non compliant fireworks do nonetheless slip through the net.
Fireworks are divided into four categories, only two of which really concern us here. Category one is for such things as indoor fireworks, and category four is for professional display products, so most of what you see in the shops will be in categories two and 3.
The primary criteria for category two fireworks are that the fuse must burn for between 3 and 13 seconds, and it should be viewed from at least 5 metres away. For category three 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 main defining criteria. You have a tendency to get category two fireworks in the smaller display boxes, sold through mainstream suppliers' such as newsagents and supermarkets. The much more spectacular category 3 products are usually sold as person products, and are generally to be discovered in much more specialist outlets.
One extremely simple, but quite dependable tip for gauging the worth and likely performance of a firework is to feel the weight of it. Generally speaking, the heavier a firework is, the better show it will give you. This is by no means a hard and quick rule, but it is a very good rule of thumb.
Getting been in the trade for 40 years now, I like to believe I have had a reasonable quantity of feed back on the topic of DIY firework displays, and the factor that crops up time and once more is that most displays last for too lengthy, with as well many 'same again' fireworks! The issue could so easily be solved with a bit of forward planning. Instead of the usual situation, exactly where six people all turn up with a small box of fireworks, extremely most likely from a non specialist outlet, that fizzle and phutt their way through a lacklustre show, why not collect an agreed quantity of money from each guest rather, and then go to a specialist retailer, and buy a couple of really spectacular fireworks. Everybody will then see a shorter, but far much better display.
We now have a regular customer base, which entrust their spending budget to us each year, and rely us to construct a memorable show for them. Initially it may be difficult to persuade them to invest any where in between £40 and £140 on one firework, but almost without exception, as soon as they have gone that route, they by no means look back!