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What Fireworks Should I Buy?

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Are you planning to have a fireworks show for family or your loved ones? The trick is in knowing the top fireworks to buy.

An amazing fireworks show begins with great fireworks options. As a beginner the selection can be overwhelming, with so many options. We hope to give information on purchasing fireworks as well as tips to plan your own fireworks display within the UK.

Are you looking forward to the most spectacular fireworks display in your backyard? This is the ultimate guide to the best fireworks to purchase and how to plan your fireworks display.

Type of Fireworks

Different fireworks are not made identically, so you have to be selective about which options you pick. The different characteristics of kinds of fireworks can make your decision difficult. So, we’ve collected the most commonly used fireworks effects available across the UK.

Aerial Bombshell Fireworks

A single-shot firework that sends a fused shell in the air, before blasting off. Aerial Bombshells are the most powerful single shot in the sky, with heights up to 30m. (a 10-story building)


An effect in the daytime that releases parachutes and a Canadian flag. Parachutes in the daytime leave a trail of the trail of smoke when it floats to the ground.

Roman Candles

Roman candles are single cardboard tubes that emit effects such as colored stars, crackling stars, comets, or floral bursts, one at a time at a height of up to 35 meters (a 11-story building)

Multishot Cakes

Cakes consist of multiple tubes that are bundled together to create what is known as a “cake” looking device.

The sizes range from 9 shots to 100 shots, and everything between. The durations vary from a few seconds to 50 secs.

There are three types of cakes:

Fanned- the tubes are laid out in a ‘fan’ shape inside the cake so it is firing left and right and straight up

Vertical- all the tubes shoot straight up

Single ColourCakes – cakes that are just one colour are perfect for gender reveals or a colour theme to your show

The best thing about cakes is you just have to light one fuse and watch a lot happen up in the air.

Up to 60m high (a 19-story structure)


A firework mine is an individual shot that creates the appearance of a volcano, with a blaze of colored stars also available with crackling or whistles. (Think of a shotgun cartridge that produces a birdshot effect.)

PRO Tip- Mines create a wonderful graphic “punch” throughout your show and in the finale.

Up to 50m high. (a 16-story building)

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They are typically small single-shot fireworks that release tiny flashes or jangle into the sky. Some come have comet tails. Some with whistles.

Ground/ Non-Aerials

According to the name The fireworks that fall under this category are based on ground. That means the effect can be seen from a distance and likely stay within the backyard of your home.

Here are some of the alternatives to non-aerial fireworks that you can explore.


They typically come from round cards or plastic discs that are nailed to a post and then spin when lit, creating a beautiful spinning wheel of sparkle.

Ground Spinners

Like the wheels spinners enthral firework enthusiasts with their whirling motion. However these fireworks have spinners that resemble rockets and spin on the ground once lit. Ground Spinners produce a large amount of light, often changing colors to create an alluring effect.


For a less raucous display, you should consider firework fountains. These are very popular because they give plenty of color and light, however they do not have the sounds of fireworks that are affixed to the sky.

Fountains release a shower of bright sparks, similar to a water fountain. They are available in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on the amount of lasting impact you’re looking for.


There’s no more elegant firework than the sparkler. It’s an old-fashioned classic. What memories are created from…

Sparklers are a type of hand-held firework that burns slowly while emitting bright, intense colorful flames, sparks among other effects. They are perfect for birthday cakes and can be placed in the ground to create a light show. Available in durations from over 30 seconds up to 3 minutes!

Smoke Grenades

Although technically, they are not firework they are popular for light effects such as photography, weddings gender reveal, hiking, camping etc. Simply pull the pin and huge amounts of coloured smoke will be produced!

Cake Fountains

Sparkle the celebration with these beautiful Silver cake fountains! Easy to light, leaves no trace on the cake and virtually smokeless, a treat to use and a joy to gaze at. Place them on the cake or pass them out to guests. They’re available in 30 or 60 sec lengths.

Use our Sparkle Clips attach to a bottle of wine or your preferred beverage.

Tips to Choose the Right Fireworks

If you’re now familiar with the different types of fireworks, you’ll need to be aware of the best fireworks to pick. Here are the tips to help you choose the best one.

Safety is Everything!

Fireworks-related injuries can’t be overlooked there are 71 reported incidents which resulted in burns. Security is the most important factor when planning your fireworks show.

Here are a few key safety tips you must follow:

Pick the right fireworks for the place you will launch them. There’s a vast array of fireworks and some will be better suited to your location than others, aspects like the height as well as the spreading from right to left, sound etc.

Keep fireworks stored in a dry, cool location and keep them away from children. The maximum number of fireworks that can be stored within a house is 10 kilograms gross weight. Any quantity that is greater than this amount must be kept in a separate, locked structure.

You can transport fireworks in your trunk, or in the absence of a trunk (e.g., van or pickup truck) you can transport fireworks in the non-sparking containers with lid. Do not smoke while loading, transporting or unloading fireworks

Pick an open space that is free from structures, vehicles overhead obstructions, dry brush/grass or any other vegetation that may catch fire. An area of 30 m by 30 metres is necessary for the safety of fireworks from the air and 20 m x 20 m for fountains and other items that are based on ground. Be sure to keep spectators at least 20 m from the area.

Each firework is labeled with instructions on the label as well as an appropriate safety distance. make sure you follow these instructions.

Make sure you follow local by-laws and provincial laws regarding the use of your fireworks.

Do not offer fireworks to anyone who is under 18 years of age. Fireworks are great family fun but they burn hot, explode projectiles with force, and are intended to be handled only by adults with respect.

Familiarize yourself with your fireworks prior to the event. Be aware of the various kinds of fuses and their locations since there are many different 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 so that all fuses are on the same side. This means you won’t have to search for an fuse when it is darkness.

Always have water handy like the garden hose or buckets of water.

Beware of lighting fireworks when it’s windy. If you are unsure as to whether it is too windy try lighting just one fireworks as a test shot and watch carefully to see the impact that the wind is having. If you’re not sure, it is always best not to proceed.

The shooter as well as his assistants should ALWAYS use eye protection . Eye protection is essential with eye protection glasses such as safety or security goggles. Glasses or prescription lenses provide very little or no protection, and can cause injury. Wear non-flammable clothing such as cotton. Never wear synthetic fibres (nylon or polyester) while firing.

Do not allow smoking near where the fireworks are stored in the setup area, or where they are being used.

Be sure to keep fireworks unlit away from the area where you fire them and in a box that is tightly covered so that any sparks that escape do not get inside. It should be placed upwind from the line of firing.

Set up cakes and other objects with a base on a hard smooth and level surface to ensure the stability. In general, grass is not suitable put down plywood or wood.

You can put cylinders, like roman candles or barrages 1/3 to 1/2 their length inside a bucket of sand, wheelbarrow full of sand or digging a trench or hole into the soil.

Set the pieces back from the audience between 5 and 10 degrees. If the ground is moist enough and the item may be buried for some period of time, you might want to put it in the bag of a plastic bag prior to inserting it in the soil.

Use a flashlight or preferably a headlamp so that the fuse is clearly visible and you’re not stumbling around in darkness.

Use a flare to light fireworks, the handle and flare or a propane torch fitted with a trigger or an extended butane lighting device. Light with an extended arm, then turn off.

PRO Tip: Use our 15-minute flares with shooting Stick handle, and light it like the pros!

Do not let any portion of your body to go over top of the firework device.

If an item does not seem to light, or it lights but then goes out of flame, Do not touch the item for 30 minutes. Do not attempt to light it again.

This is known as a hang fire and there is a possibility that the fuse might be burning and spark into life in a flash. Put the bucket in water for several hours, then discard.

After the show wait 30 minutes prior to beginning cleanup, in the event of any firework being a hang fire. Be sure and clean up all spent materials and debris after the event and dispose of them. Leave your site cleaner than the moment you arrived!

Never burn fireworks that have been used or casings in a bonfire, firepit or fireplace.

Last but not least, and most importantly make sure you are considerate of your neighbours.

If you can let them know that you are doing fireworks, it shows that you’re thinking of them and it is the biggest difference in the world between having a happy neighbor and an angry neighbours. If they have pets, they may take steps to minimize the noise factor by closing their windows, switching on the TV or music.

Be aware of your effects

What effect do you wish the fireworks to create? Knowing the different effects and breaks will assist you in selecting fireworks that match your preferences.

Here are some effects to look forward to for the different consumer fireworks.

Comets: this impact on fireworks entails some long trail of sparks as it is flung into the air.

Crossettes: begin in a single camet, and then break it up into multiple comets to end up with a cross shape.

Brocade: Fireworks have a long tail and end up with a spider-like appearance in the sky.

Fishes: the aerial effect is like several fish swimming in the air. It’s a beautiful spectacular view that can make an amazing spectacle.

Palm: gets its name from the palm leaves that originate from a single source. Sparkles and glitters rise high, but then break into one after a moment.

Ring: The effect creates rings of stars in the sky.

Spinner: If the spinning your grass, take a look at the fireworks with the spinner.

Star: The effect is limited to roman candles, however the fireworks display is a dazzling display of the stars in clusters.

Strobe Aspects to consider: You may like the look of faded rays So you might want to think about fireworks strobe effects.

Whistles It’s an eerie sound when the rocket takes off in the sky.

Willow: The effect exhibits what looks like a willow trees in the night sky. Although this effect is unpopular for most consumer-grade fireworks however, you can 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 buying rocket fireworks. You can therefore predict how the fireworks show will look like.

You can think of the equipment that fires. Equipment

How do you plan on launching your fireworks for the fireworks display? It is important to think about the equipment to launch them, as they’re as important as the fireworks themselves.

To shoot the event the show, you must opt to the most cutting-edge digital technology. Some firing equipment feature wireless capabilities that allow for an extended space between effect.