Fireworks have existed for over one thousand years, and are used by people all over the world to celebrate festivities. Fireworks come in a range of shapes and sizes, offering buyers a variety of lighting spectacles to choose from. Some are manufactured as rockets and shoot into the sky after ignition, whereas others remain on the ground and emit coloured showers of sparks.
It can be confusing deciding which type of firework would best suit your party, but once you become familiar with the main groupings, the selection process will be much easier.
It’s important to note that fireworks are explosive and can cause serious harm if not handled in the appropriate manner. Safety instructions are printed on the side of the firework and all buyers are advised to follow these precautions exactly as they are stated on the packaging.
Never let a minor light a firework, and keep pets and young children away while the firework is burning.
Types of Firework
There are many variations of fireworks available to buy today, all under different names and offering different lighting displays. However, the majority of fireworks can be grouped into three main categories, and becoming aware of what each category offers will lead to more confident buying.
Buyers are advised to always purchase their fireworks from a licensed retailer like Fireworks Crazy. This will guarantee that the fireworks are without faults and safe to use.
Roman candles are one of the most popular types of fireworks sold today, and have been in use for hundreds of years. Roman candles are stationary fireworks that emit one or more starts, sparks or exploding shells. These fireworks are available in a number of different sizes ranging from 8mm to 8cm in diameter. In it’s most simplest form, a roman candle is a cardboard tube with a small shell inside, and a fuse protruding from the top.
The fuse is lit, and the shell pops out of the tube and into the air. The tube remains on the ground. Roman candles are available in a multitude of options, and buyers can choose from single shot candles, multishots candles and candle barrages.
These fireworks can be extremely dangerous if not handle and set the correct way, and it’s important to make sure that the top area of the candle is facing skywards. Never use a roman candle indoors.
Another popular type of firework, rockets are comprised of a head which houses the effect, a motor section to which the fuse ignites and the stick that keeps the firework safely in place when being lit. Rockets vary greatly in size and output, but the one thing they all have in common is a very short effect.
Once the rocket explodes the effect only lasts a few seconds before fading into the sky. The majority of rockets encompass an audio effect as well as a visual effect such as a crackling sound with a shower of sparks.
Fountains are similar in shape to roman candles, but instead of ejecting a shot into the air fountains release a shower of sparks. The effect lasts a considerably longer time than roman candles and is generally accompanied by a soft crackling noise.
Nidia Guerra is a party and events planner who gained valuable experience helping town councils run festivals. When she’s not busy coordinating an event, Nidia enjoys catching relaxing at home with a book.