Star Fireworks win the British Firework Championship
Star Fireworks from Bracknell in Berkshire have been crowned winners of the 2010 British Fireworks Championships following a spectacular two-day showdown between the UK’s top pyrotechnics specialists on Plymouth Hoe.
Tonnes of fireworks were set off into the night sky on Tuesday and Wednesday 10th/11th August as competitors battled it out for the national title. Thousands of spectators gathered on and around the Hoe over the two days to view the displays.
Reaction Fireworks from County Durham came second and Nottingham-based 1st Galaxy Fireworks came third.
The Star Fireworks display was designed by Andy Hubble and produced by Display Manager Sean Durcan. The huge show included approximately 1100 cues and over 2000 fireworks, the largest being a 300mm Brocade Crown style shell. A crew of twelve started setting up the display at 7am on the Wednesday and completed the set-up by 6pm. Firing took place for Star Fireworks at 10.15pm.
Andy Hubble, General Manager of Star Fireworks said, “we are absolutely chuffed to bits with the result. We faced stiff competition particularly from Reaction Fireworks who have won before, and 1st Galaxy, but our team worked incredibly hard to produce such an impressive result. We really are very proud of our firing crew who we believe are the very best in the business.”
Star Fireworks now go through to compete in the Champion of Champions Final in 2012, which sees the winners from the past six years battling it out to become overall Champion of Champions.
Facts about the display:
Half a tonne of explosives were launched during the show
The show was designed and fired on the FireOne firing system and included approximately 1100 cues
The display took two and a half weeks to prepare, and was prepared in the Star Fireworks Bracknell storage facility
The show included ten x 200mm aerial shells, one x 250mm aerial shell and one x 300mm aerial shell
The total weight of fireworks and equipment transported to Plymouth was approximately eight tonnes
The show lasted exactly ten minutes duration and was started and finished by three loud bangs, each five seconds apart in accordance with firework competition tradition
Approximately 2.6 miles of bell wire was used in the show
The most expensive single firework in the display cost approximately £120
This is the third time Star Fireworks have competed in the final of the British Firework Championships – they were runner’s up in 2007 and came second in 2008
Star Fireworks were crowned winners of the North of England Firework Championships held in Salford in 2008
The displays are fired from the Mountbatten Breakwater, a 200 metre long breakwater in Plymouth Sound, with spectators viewing across the water from Plymouth Hoe. The competition takes place over two night, with three companies firing per night
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