# Firework maths

It sounds a little strange; however, it really is quite an interesting thing to know.

What we’re referring to is light – light approximately travels a million times faster than sound, which means that you the lightening before you see the thunder. This is the same with fireworks also – they appear in the sky before the explosion.

This is where the maths comes in; with a little calculation, you can estimate how far you are from the party. Once you have seen the burst of fireworks, count how many seconds there are until you here the boom. Then divide that number by three to obtain the distance, in kilometres, between you and the blast! Smart, right?

As an example, if you see the firework burst and 3 seconds after you here the boom, divided by 3 means you are an estimate of 1 kilometre, or 0.62 miles away, from it.

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# Fireworks safety

Fireworks-Direct sell professional fireworks that are safe to use and sure to put on a fantastic show and leave your onlookers in awe.

However, with great fireworks comes great responsibility – fireworks can be dangerous and need to be used with caution.

Below, we’ve compiled some safety tips to be followed when using fireworks.

Prior to the display:

– Check the fireworks that you have purchases are suitable for the size of your garden and are compatible to the British Standards

– Make sure your display area has no hazards

– Do not play with the fireworks

– Read the instructions in natural lighting (in the day)

– Tell your neighbours that you’ll have a display (especially elderly neighbours and those that have pets)

– Have one person that has clearly been identified responsible for the fireworks

Fireworks safety; make sure you have the following:

– Metal box with a lid to store the fireworks

– Torch to recheck instructions (if necessary)

– Bucket of water

– Protection for head, hands and eyes

– First aid kit

– Bucket of soil for fireworks to sit in

– A board for flat-bottomed fireworks

– Support for Catherine wheels

– Appropriate launchers for rockets

Fireworks safety; during the display:

– Light the fireworks from arm’s length with a taper

– Stand far back

– Keep the metal box that is stored with fireworks closed

– Ensure children are kept safe

– Don’t, under any circumstances, put fireworks in your pocket

– Do not throw a firework, it is a criminal offence and can lead to a maximum penalty fine of £5000

Fireworks safety; after the display:

– Collect fireworks using tongs or thickly-gloved hands

– Check for any remaining fireworks the following morning

Please follow these safety tips in order for you to truly enjoy the fireworks display and make the most out of your investment. Visit the website to view the fireworks available to you.

# What is it about fireworks?

Fireworks have been a fascination for all of us for centuries and centuries.

Whether it be traditional celebrations such as Guy Fawkes Night or not, the sparklers and bright colours that light up the night sky are enough to get people out in cold, possibly windy conditions to gaze in awe at the spectacular displays.

Across the globe, firework shows/displays draw in a crowd. The anticipation from the spectators as the big finale approaches is an almost tangible thing. It is a complete sensory package.

History would only see fireworks on 5th November, as we reminisce the reason for their inception – the plot by Guy Fawkes to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Yet, present times see fireworks feature in a vast majority of major significant events ranging from weddings to graduations, to bringing in the New Year to Diwali.
Fireworks add that extra grandeur to any event; the Olympics ceremony without fireworks seems an unlikely sight.

The original name for fireworks had been ‘fire pills’, given by the Chinese. The first appearing in the 11th century, firecrackers, made up of gunpowder wrapped in paper which are still a major element integrated into Chinese New Year festivities; they were essentially designed to fight off evil deities and spirits.

The Royal Institution has been mulling over the question of why we are drawn to fireworks and what makes them such compulsive viewing. Psychologists claim that watching fireworks, is not only potentially risky behaviour but release a chemical in the brain that is the same neurotransmitter that takes over when humans are in love; dopamine.
It could easily be linked to a ‘feel good’ phenomena, possibly linking to happier childhood memories of similar sensations.

# The organisation of firework displays

Firework displays are enjoyable for all however they do require the careful organisation for the display to go on without interruption.

Below, we’ve listed a guide to help you plan responsibly for the display whether it’s for a major public event or a local gathering.

Prior to the event:

1. The operator – There is no harm in putting on your own display and lighting fireworks that are categorised in 1, 2 and 3, however if the fireworks fall in category 4, a professional should be contacted as these can be dangerous in untrained hands
2. The site – Consider is the site is suitable for your display, its size and the capacity of spectators it will be able to hold at a safe distances from the display.
3. Caution – Ensure to appoint someone who is responsible for making a call to emergency services in case anybody gets hurt
4. Supplier – Make sure your fireworks come from a trusted supplier
5. Roles – If the display is to be operated by a professional, be sure to allocate clear roles and know what will be happen in the event of an emergency
6. Storage – It is important to have a suitable space where your fireworks can be stored
7. Alcohol – If arrangements have been made to sell beverages, make sure they are sold a long way away from the display

On the day of the event:

1. Double check – The site, the weather condition and the wind direction. Make factors for anything that could interrupt the performance
2. Zones – Ensure that nobody will enter the zones where the fireworks might fall, and keep at a safe distance
3. Spectators – Watch out for binge drinkers on the site, advise them to be careful of the amount of alcohol they consume when around fireworks and don’t let any bring their own fireworks along to the display
4. Bonfire – If you are planning on having a bonfire you must check for any children or small animals that may be surrounding the fire before lighting it: do not use petrol or paraffin to light the fire and keep away from the flames, we discourage wearing flammable clothing. Similarly, be sure there are people on hand that would know what to do in case of a burn injury or clothing catching fire

On the morning after the event, clear the site and dispose of the fireworks in a responsible, safe manor.

Additional things to consider, if you were hosting a public display, would be markings for your spectators so they know which areas are safe and which should be avoided; getting in, out and about the site by having clear exit and entrance routes – if possible, keep pedestrian and vehicle lanes separate; appoint stewards that are on hand for assistance; signpost first aid facilities should there be any accidents.

Remember to use fireworks safely and take these precautions when putting on a display.

It has been a question on everybody’s mind regarding fireworks; will I be able to set off my fireworks in bad weather?

The answer is yes but with precaution; unless, of course, the weather conditions are pouring, sheets of rain obscuring your vision. Fireworks can be set off in the rain, it’s just an issue of getting a little wet, but the display would definitely be worth it.

It can become dangerous to set off fireworks if rain is accompanied by thunder and/or lightning.
Being struck by lightning has caused a number of deaths because of a refusal of cancelling outdoor plans in dreadful weather conditions.
So bear in mind the risks of possible weather changes if there is a bad rainstorm on the horizon.

Factors that do affect fireworks displays vary between pressure, temperature and wind.
The right weather is needed for a display because when fireworks are let off, they emit smoke thus the wrong weather may obstruct the display.

Wind can also impact the smoke from a firework displays as it assists in blowing the smoke away from your spectators however, too much wind could be the cause of a fire hazard.
The perfect fire displays requires cooperation from the weather.

Again, even if the wind and temperatures are perfect for the display, humidity can play a part in dulling the colours of the fireworks.

Considering all of the factors that can affect your firework display, it shouldn’t stop you from putting one on and leaving your spectators agape.

# 10 fantastic Fireworks facts!

As we’ve celebrated another Bonfire Night last week (the 5th November incase you needed reminding), we wanted to share some amazing firework facts with you! Bonfire Night happened as a direct result from Guy Fawkes’ plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament with a huge amount of gunpowder all the way back in 1605. Now, fireworks are used to mark occasions for millions worldwide, from weddings, birthdays, engagements and more. So, come with us and explore the top 10 firework facts around!

• Did you know: Although sparklers are considered the safest firework to use, they actually burn at 15 times the boiling point of water! Those of you who know your basic science will be aware that this burns at 1,500 degrees! The power of three sparklers is equivalent to that of a blow torch. Crazy, huh?!
• According to records, the first use of fireworks in the UK were at the wedding of King Henry VII all the way back in 1486. That’s a staggering 528 years ago!
• We think we know why they’re called “screaming rockets”… They fly into the sky at speeds of around 150mph! It’s not uncommon for the rocket for reach heights of over 200m, which is around 656ft!
• The largest firework to ever be produced sits on record at the hefty weight of 13kg. It was manufactured and launched in Portugal in 2010.
• Fireworks were originally only orange and white in colour. More colours were added at a later stage when different salts and chemicals were added into the mix!
• Although fireworks are beautiful to view, they also very dangerous! It’s reported that 10 people a year lose their sight due to firework related injuries. Don’t mess about with them!
• It’s estimated that around £15million a year is spent on fireworks within the UK! Combined with other countries, the annual bill of fireworks exceeds a whopping £200 million!
• You can find the world’s largest firework display in the Guinness Book of World Records! The display took placed in Kuwait in 2012, costing a considerable £10 million. In total, over 77,000 fireworks were launched in what became a 64 minute long display!
• 90% of the world’s fireworks are made in China, being shipped off to various parts of the world. It’s documented that the fireworks originated from the country in the 7th century.
• It’s thought that if you see fireworks in your dreams, you have sparked your creativity, which means you’ll have a number of ideas coming your way!

What do you think of our top ten fireworks’ facts? Let us know in the comments below!

# Bonfire Night is celebrated around the world, but how did it come about?

In 1606, Parliament agreed to make 5 November a day of public thanksgiving

With Bonfire Night just next month, we thought we’d take a look into the historic night that nearly changed British history forever, creating the illusive night known as ‘Guy Fawkes Night’ in some corners of the world. Here’s a little recap to remember just what happened over 400 years ago…

It’s 1604 and there’s a plot to kill the Protestant King James I. A group of English Catholics opposed the King, being led by Robert Catesby.

The reason for their overwhelming dislike of the King was bought about following 45 years of persecution under the ruling of Queen Elizabeth. Being a Protestant, Queen Elizabeth vilified the Catholic religion, making it clear just what she thought of the Catholic believers. After her death in 1603, there was great hope that new King James, whose wife was Catholic, would be more accepting of the Catholic religion…

This was the case for a short while, but the strain of juggling with a range of various religious demands led to Kind James expressing a level of hostility for the Catholic religion in a Hampton Court Conference, January 1604.

The following month, in February of 1604, King James’ hostility soon turned to sheer detest of the Catholic religion and any Catholic believers who refused to give in to the authority of the King or comply with various regulations were handed fines, just as they had under the ruling of Elizabeth. Although a number of Catholics accepted the fines, a number of men decided that the only viable option was the take violent action against the Government, with Guy Fawkes being one of the men included in the group.

The leader of the group, Catesby, made plans to destroy the Houses of Parliament through bombing. They would wait until the King and other Members of Parliament were inside before gaining access to a cellar belonging to a building next door, planting 36 barrels of gunpowder and igniting them under the House of Lords. The person selected to carry out the bombing was, of course, Guy Fawkes, whom would light the fuse of the barrels and then make an escape to Europe to cover his tracks.

The plan was going well, until a member of the group became increasingly concerned with the number of people who would be caught in the cross fire. The bombs would surely kill a number of innocent people, including Catholics, so on the night of 26th October a letter was recieved by Lord Monteagle, telling him to avoid Parliament on the night of the bombings.

Around midnight on November 4th, a simply search of Westminster was conducted and Guy Fawkes was discovered in the cellar, preparing for the attack. His arrest was made immediately, foiling the whole plot.

That evening, on November 5th, bonfires were set alight all across the land to celebrate the King’s safety. Two years later in 1606, Parliament agreed that November 5th should be marked as public thanksgiving, which marks the celebration of Bonfire Night, hence why it’s celebrated on November 5th to this day. Fireworks are set off to mark the untouched gun powder and even dummies of Guy Fawkes are placed on bonfires.

So, there you are, a history of bonfire night!