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Below you can find a list of Star Fireworks FAQ sorted by category.
Unfortunately, the British Standard only has two different categories of outdoor fireworks that can be sold to the public. Gardens Fireworks (or category 2 fireworks) are labelled for use outdoors and viewing at a distance of 5 metres. Display Fireworks (or category 3 fireworks) are labelled for use outdoors and viewing at a distance of 25 metres. Unfortunately by not having a category inbetween (eg: for viewing at 10 metre), then a small firework that may technically be safe to view at 6 metres, will automatically default to 25 metres. About 10 years ago you could buy sparklers that were 3 or 4 feet long, but as they exceeeded the length of a Category 2 handheld sparkler, they automatically fell into Category 3 and had to be labelled for viewing at 25 metres - with binoculars I suppose!
Star Fireworks have over 35 years experience and a glittering list of clients for their professionally fired shows. The key differences between our pros firing your display and you firing it, are that we have access to biggest and beautiful fireworks available from across the World - whereas the fireworks we sell to the public are limited by law in size and power. In addition our crews are highly trained, use the latest state of the art firing equipment and all our shows come safely backed up by £10 million year round insurance. That said, we know that were not the only fireworks fans in this country, which is why we also a great DIY range available online and in our colour brochure. We audition all of fireworks sold to the public to make sure they come up to our strictly spectacular standards! To sum up - in a professional display you get big fireworks, expert design and choreography, fired by trained, fully insured crews. In a DIY display, you get to fire the fireworks yourself, choosing from a huge range on sale to the public, available all year round, backed up by an expert customer advice line.
Star Fireworks are a UK based firework supplier, and unfortunately we cannot ship fireworks to the general public outside of the UK. We can however provide professionally fired fireworks displays, anywhere in the World.
Unfortunately we only supply igniters (ematches) to professionals. Theyre not a product on general sale to members of the public - partly due to the extreme hazards they present when connected to a firework and the consequences of mis-use. Igniters can be set-off by impact and static electricity, as well as the normal electrical voltage supplied from firing systems. Stepping on one by accident can be enough to set it off.
Hi there Iain. All of the fireworks we sell have a recommended safe viewing distance of 25 metres. As long as you have that distance I would suggest using one or a selection of our "single ignition" fireworks which light from only one fuse and fire off a sequence of multiple different effects. Have a look at our online shop for some more specific information on each product. If you are local to our Bracknell shop, we have a range of fireworks with a recommended safe viewing distance of only 5 metres. These fireworks are of course no where near as spectacular as the larger ones we supply online but offer great effects at close range.
Thank you for your enquiry. Unfortunately, fireworks such as firecrackers and airbombs are no longer available to the general public in the UK.
Hi Rich.. When an explosive is initiated (ie: it goes off) it rapidly produces a large amount of gas. The gas rapidly expands and gives off energy as it becomes hot. This rapid expansion bursts the case of the firework unit the explosive is contained in, and the bursting is the main contributor to the bang. It just so happens that the flash powder contained in titanium salutes is one of the most potent pyrotechnic compositions for making bangs.
A change in the law in 2004 has now made it illegal to let off fireworks between the hours of 11pm at night and 7am in the morning - but there are a few exceptions! On 5th November you can let off fireworks until midnight, and on New Years Eve, Diwali and the first day of the Chinese New Year you can light fireworks up until 1am.
We at Star Fireworks are always asked about quiet fireworks because naturally people do have concerns about creating an annoyance to neighbours. Unfortunately, there really isnt such a thing as a quiet firework. It is the bang in a firework which disperses the contents to create the effect in the sky. The only fireworks which I could say are certain to be quiet are fountains (although some of these do contain crackles). Having said that, some fireworks are quieter than others. All of the fireworks in Star Fireworks online catalogue do come with a noise rating, 10=loud and 1=quiet. The important thing to remember is that you will be setting the fireworks off responsibly (no later than 11pm), there should be enough space and that it will not be for a prelonged period of time so there will im sure be minimal disruption to local wildlife.
Hi Anthony - good question! Professionals will often stake a firework rather than bury - but I think would certainly do one or the other. From a legal perspective, the instructions are there for your own safety and the safety of your audience - you may have problems if you were to have an accident and hadnt been following the manufacturers instructions.
Yes, Tessa - no problem, as long as you fire them between the hours of 7am and 11pm.
Hi, our shop is located in Bullbrook in Bracknell. You can find directions on our contact page. The best way to light a cake or candle is with a "PORTFIRE". These can be found in the "SAFETY EQUIPMENT" category. Full instructions on how to set up and light any our fireworks can always be found on the packaging. Thank you for your enquiry.
Hi Brian, Thanks for the compliment! Wed be very happy to help you plan a fireworks display the year after next. Fireworks are always changing, and our range will certainly have changed by then - so its probably best not to suggest actual fireworks now. My advice is for you to work out how much you can afford to spend, and then come back to us in 2013 and we can help you put together an order. Budget is as long as a piece of string - some people will spend £50, others £5000. Youre in the driving seat on that one!
All hazardous materials need to be clearly identified for storage and transportation by the UN. You will find hazard diamonds on all kinds of things such as feul lorries or gas bottles. An orange diamond with 1.3g in it is a way of identifying the kind of hazardous material in fireworks. It is also common to see 1.4g on firework packaging. This marking is simply a way of identifying which hazard division the firework belongs to and bears not relation to the amount of high explosive per tube as the "g" does not stand for grams.
Hi Thomas, Unfortunately there isnt a recognised qualification for pyrotechnics as such. Industry professionals can undergo training with the British Pyrotechnists Association, but this isnt really an opening as such into the industry and certainly doesnt entitle you to use professional pyrotechnics.
The minimum safety distance as required by the British Standard BS7114:2:88 for all of our display fireworks is 25 metres. Remember, this is a minimum distance and when you consider the actual distance youre going to use you should consider the wind direction, the surrounding land and the types of fireworks youre using. Larger, more powerful fireworks should always go at the back of your firing site, the furthest away from the audience.
We always recommend staking as the safest and strongest way of supporting a battery. Use a mallet to firmly knock a decent wooden stake into the ground, and then attach the roman candle battery to the back of the stake - thats the side furthest away from the audience. We suggest strong cloth tape (gaffer tape) or similar to attach the candle. By attaching the side furthest from the audience, if the battery fails it should fall away from the crowd.
Waterproofing your fireworks is absolutely essential. They can absorb rain, dew or general dampness on the ground through the top and base of the firework - even in the Summer! We recommend you use thin, lightweight plastic bags to cover the entire firework - top and bottom. The firework will burn through the plastic without any problems. Take extra care when waterproofing set pieces like wheels to ensure they can still turn when waterproofed.
The labelling on the selection box will default to the highest category of firework inside - so, if you have just one Category 3 25m firework in the box, the box label will have to say Category 3 - even though there may be Category 2 items contained within the selection.
Were probably not the best people to advise on other signs outside of the fireworks safety area. Your own insurers for your event might the best people to speak to.
Unfortunately Star Fireworks specialises in fireworks - for stage or arena pyrotechnics you would be better speaking to a special effects or stage pyrotechnics company.
Well, the general public arent advised by the Government that they need to wear full PPE when letting off consumer fireworks - although they are advised to wear gloves and eye protection. If youre firing a display where there are going to be a lot of fireworks going off then full personal protection equipment (PPE) is advisable - things like hard hat, eye protection, hearing protection, overalls, gloves, firm footware etc, and certainly if youre doing it as a form of employment there are laws that require you to use PPE.
We use a sticky-backed foil to waterproof and sparkproof our fireworks in our professional displays. All of the fireworks fire through it, without any problems!
All of the fireworks are already available on the website. A few out of stocks items are not listed.
Without doubt for 4th July Independence Day Celebrations I would reccommend using one or a selection of single ignition fireworks. The obvious choice would be INDEPENDENCE DAY (£70). But there are plenty of others to choose from such as MIDNIGHT FINALE (£70) or maybe consider the ANACONDA CANDLE PACK (£90), it is a selection of three GIANT candles in RED, WHITE and BLUE. I hope you find what you are looking for and have a great day on 4th July for Independence Day.
Hi, Black Panther is the largest rocket we sell. It will rise to around 120 metres and gives a massive effect. It comes in four varieties all of which have twin effects in them such as "Lemon Peony Burst with Green Twinkle Palm". I can wholeheartedly recommend it!
It has been illegal to sell airbombs, bangers and mini-rockets to the public in the UK for some time. The sale of bangers and mini-rockets were banned in 1997, and the sale of airbombs was banned in 2004 although the UK fireworks industry withdrew them from sale voluntarily the year before.
There are lots of different fireworks that produce the effect you describe. Youll find them in our some of our rocket selections (eg: Titan Rocket Pack), Jurassic Storm, Peacock in Season, Mega Celebration and some of our Display Packs.
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