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Tips for Choosing the Right Fireworks

Are you planning to have a fireworks display for your family or your friends? What are the best kind of fireworks to buy? The trick is to know the most effective fireworks to purchase.

A spectacular fireworks display starts with a variety of excellent fireworks. For those who are new to the world of fireworks, the choices is overwhelming due to the many options. We hope to give information on purchasing fireworks as well as tips to plan an event with fireworks within the UK.

Are you looking forward to the most spectacular fireworks show in your backyard? This is the definitive guide to the top fireworks you can buy and the best way to plan your fireworks display.

Types of Fireworks

All fireworks are not created to be alike, which is why you need to be careful about the choices you make. The different characteristics of fireworks can make the decision difficult. Therefore, we’ve listed the most popular fireworks types that are available across the UK.

Aerial Bombshell Fireworks

A single shot of firework that sends a fused shell in the air before it explodes. Aerial Bombshells create the biggest single blast in the sky, with heights as high as 30 meters. (a 10-story building)


An effect in the daytime that releases parachutes adorned with the Canadian flag. The parachutes that launch during the day leave trails of smoke as they fall to the ground.

Roman Candles

Roman candles are single cardboard tubes that release effects like sparkling stars, coloured stars, comets, and floral bursts, one at a time that can reach up to 35 meters (a eleven-story structure)

Multishot Cakes

Cakes are made up of several tubes that are bundled together to create an “cake” like device.

They vary in size from 9 shots to 100 shots, with everything in between. The durations vary from a few seconds to 50 seconds.

There are three kinds of cakes:

Fanned- The tubes are placed in a fan-like arrangement inside the cake, so that they fire left and right, and straight up

Vertical- All the tubes are fired straight upwards

Single ColourCakes – cakes that are only one colour, ideal for gender reveal parties or to color theme for your show

The great thing about cakes is that it only takes one fuse to cause a lot of things to happen up in the air.

Up to 60m high (a 19 story building)


The firework mining is one shot that triggers an eruption that resembles a volcano. It is characterized by coloured stars, which can also be accompanied by crackling or whistles. (Think about a gun cartridge that produces a birdshot effect.)

PRO TipPRO Tip Mines provide a fantastic visually “punch” throughout your show, and also in your final.

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


They are typically small single-shot fireworks that release tiny reports or blasts into the sky. Some come with comet tails, and some with whistles.

Ground/ Non-Aerials

According to the name The fireworks that fall under this category are based on ground. This means that the effects are visible from a distance and will most likely be in the backyard of your home.

Here are a few alternatives to non-aerial fireworks that you can test out.


They are typically made from round discs or cards that are attached to a post and then spin when lit, creating an amazing spinning wheel full of glitter.

Ground Spinners

Similar to the wheels, ground spinners enthral firework enthusiasts with their spinning motion. However they also have spinners that resemble rockets and spin on the ground after they are they are lit. Ground spinners provide a decent quantity of light, frequently changing hues to create a captivating effect.


If you want to enjoy a more peaceful display, it is recommended to consider fountains for firework. They are a popular choice because they offer plenty of color and light, but without the loud sound of fireworks that are affixed to the sky.

Fountains release a shower of sparks that are vibrant, just like water fountains. They are available in a variety of sizes and shapes based on the duration of impact you’re looking for.


There’s no better firework than the sparkler, but it’s an old-fashioned classic. What memories are created from…

Sparklers are a kind of hand-held firework that burns slow while emitting intense, bright colored sparks, flames, as well as other effects. They are perfect for birthday cakes, or placed in the ground to create an enthralling light show. They are available in lengths ranging from 30 seconds to nearly 3 minutes!

Smoke Grenades

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

Cake Fountains

Make the party more exciting with these stunning Silver cake fountains! They are easy to light, leave no trace on the cake, and is practically smokeless, they are a delight to work with and an absolute delight to gaze at. Put them on top of the cake or give them to your guests. They are available in 30 sec and 60 sec time slots.

Make use of our Sparkle Clips to attach to a bottle of wine or your favorite beverage.

Tips to Choose the Right Fireworks

Once you’re aware of the various types of fireworks, you’ll need to be aware of the best fireworks to pick. Here are some tips to help you choose the best one.

Security is the most important thing.

The dangers of fireworks shouldn’t be ignored with 71 cases reported that resulted in burns. It is therefore essential to be safe when putting on a fireworks display.

Here are a few important security considerations to be aware of;

Select fireworks that are suitable for the location where you plan to start them. There are a variety of fireworks to choose from and some are more suitable for the location than others, things like the height and spreading from right to left, sound and so on.

Keep fireworks stored in a dry, cool location and keep them away from children. The maximum number of fireworks that can be kept in a home is 10 kilograms gross weight. Anything more than this amount must be kept in a separate, secured building.

Take fireworks inside your trunk, or in the absence of an actual trunk (e.g. van, pickup truck) take the fireworks into an un-sparking container that has a lid. Don’t smoke while loading and unloading fireworks.

Pick an open space that is free from vehicles, buildings overhead obstructions, dry grass or other plants that may catch the fire. A minimum area of 30 m by 30 meters is needed for the safety of fireworks from the air and 20 m x 20m for fountains and other items that are based on ground. Make sure that spectators are at least 20 meters away.

Each firework comes with printed instructions on the label as well as the minimum distance for safety, ensure you follow the instructions.

Be sure to follow all local by-laws as well as provincial laws concerning the use of fireworks.

Don’t give fireworks to anyone younger than 18 years old. Fireworks can be fun for the whole family however they can be extremely hot and projectiles of fire with force, and should be handled by adults only with care.

Be familiar with the fireworks prior to the event. Take note of the different kinds and locations of fuses since there are many kinds.

Do not attempt to tear fireworks apart or alter the fireworks in any manner.

PRO Tip: Make sure that you set up the fireworks to ensure that all fuse are located on one side. This will save you searching for an fuse when it is darkness.

Always keep water on hand like an outdoor hose or buckets of water.

Be wary of lighting fireworks in the wind. If you are unsure about whether it’s windy enough, try lighting only one firework for a test shot, and then watch closely to observe the effect that the wind can have. If you aren’t certain it’s best not to proceed.

The shooter, as well as any assistants must always be wearing eyewear . Make sure you are wearing Safety glasses, or goggles. Glasses or prescription lenses offer very little or no protection, and could cause injury. Wear clothing that is not flammable, such as cotton. Never wear synthetic fibres (nylon or polyester) while firing.

Do not allow smoking near the area where fireworks are kept or set up.

Make sure that fireworks are not lit away from the area where you fire them and put them in a container which is secured so that sparks from stray firework cannot be trapped inside. The box should be located upwind from the firing line.

Cakes and other items that require the base on a solid smooth, level and flat surface to ensure the stability. The grass is not a good choice put down plywood or wood.

Place cylinders like roman candles and barrages that are 1/3-1/2 of their length inside the form of a bucket filled with sand, wheelbarrows filled with sand, or digging a trench or hole into the soil.

The pieces should be angled away from the audience by 5-10 degrees. In the event that your ground has become not dry in any way and the object could be submerged for a period of time, consider putting it in bags of plastic prior to insertion in the soil.

Make sure you have a flashlight, or at least use a headlamp to ensure that the fuse is easily visible and you don’t have to stumble through the darkness.

Light fireworks using an igniter and handle or a propane torch that has a trigger, or a retracted butane lighting device. Light using an extended arm, and then retract.

PRO Tip: Use our 15-minute flares using the Shooting Stick handle and light as the pros!

Do not allow any part of your body to be placed on the top of the device that is lit.

If an item doesn’t illuminate easily, or if it lights but then goes out of flame, don’t approach the item for more than 30 minutes. Do not attempt to light it again.

It is also known as an ‘hang fire’ and there is a possibility that the fuse could be burning and spark into life in a flash. Soak the bucket in water for a night before removing.

After the show, wait 30 minutes before beginning cleaning up in the event of a fireworks causing a hang fire. Make sure to clean up the debris and materials that were discarded following the show and take them away. Make sure you leave your place cleaner than the day you first arrived!

Never ignite used fireworks or casings inside a bonfire, campfire, or fireplace.

Then, and perhaps most important take care of your neighbors.

If you can let them know that you’re planning to light fireworks? it demonstrates that you’re considering them and it can make all the difference between having happy neighbors or angry neighbors. If they have pets, they should reduce the sound by closing the windows, turning on the television or playing music.

Be aware of your effects

What effect do you wish the fireworks to create? Understanding the various effects and breaks can help you in selecting fireworks that match your preferences.

Here are a few effects to be looking forward to when it comes time for various fireworks for the consumer.

Comets: this effect of fireworks is accompanied by a long streak of sparks when it is flung into the air.

Crossettes: start as a single comet, then break it up into multiple comets until you have the cross-shaped.

Brocade The fireworks have a long tail that ends with a spider-like appearance in the sky.

Fishes: The aerial effect appears to be an entire group of fish moving across the air. It’s a beautiful stunning view that makes for an amazing spectacle.

Palm: gets its name from the leaves of palms that originate from one source. Sparkles and glitters rise up, but they break into the palm at some time.

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

Spinner: If you like spinning your grass, take a look at the fun with the spinner.

Star Effect: The effect is limited to candles in roman, but the fireworks show shoots star clusters.

Strobe The possibility is that you will be tempted by the fading of rays and tempting, therefore you must think about fireworks with strobe effects.

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

Willow: The effect creates what appears to be a willow trees in the night sky. While this effect is not popular in the majority of fireworks that are consumer-grade You can try searching for this effect.

Spray: fireworks that have this effect create small shards of sparks or stars, that can be attractive.

Understanding the effects is crucial prior to purchasing rocket fireworks. It is possible to predict what the fireworks display will look like.

Imagine the firing Equipment

What are you thinking of doing when setting off your fireworks for the event? It is important to think about the equipment used to fire them since they’re just as important as the fireworks themselves.

In order to actually film the show you should opt for the latest digital technology. Certain firing devices have wireless capabilities, which allows for a wide separation between the effects.