Firework Purchasing Tips982531
The 'standard' fireworks licence only permits a supplier to sell fireworks for a 3 week period before November 5th, a few days before New Year, Diwali and Chinese New Year.
If we deal with what to buy first, then the most important 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 safety requirements. If you don't see this number, then leave well alone. These fireworks should not even be provided for sale, but sadly non compliant fireworks do nonetheless slip via the net.
Fireworks are divided into four categories, only two of which truly concern us right here. Category one is for such things as indoor fireworks, and category four is for professional show 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 should burn for in between three and 13 seconds, and it should be viewed from at least five metres away. For category 3 the fuse is 5 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 tend to get category two fireworks in the smaller sized show boxes, sold through mainstream suppliers' such as newsagents and supermarkets. The much more spectacular category 3 items are usually sold as individual items, and are usually to be discovered in much more specialist outlets.
One extremely easy, but quite reliable tip for gauging the value and most likely overall performance of a firework is to really feel the weight of it. Generally speaking, the heavier a firework is, the better show it will give you. This is by no indicates a hard and quick rule, but it is a very good rule of thumb.
Having been in the trade for 40 years now, I like to think I have had a reasonable quantity of feed back on the topic of DIY firework displays, and the thing 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 effortlessly be solved with a bit of forward planning. Instead of the usual situation, where six individuals all turn up with a small box of fireworks, extremely likely from a non specialist outlet, that fizzle and phutt their way via a lacklustre show, why not collect 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 better display.
We now have a normal customer base, which entrust their budget to us every year, and rely us to construct a memorable show for them. Initially it may be tough to persuade them to invest any exactly where in between £40 and £140 on one firework, but nearly without exception, as soon as they have gone that route, they never look back!